ASYLUM SEEKER CHILDREN — EDUCATION

ASYLUM SEEKER CHILDREN — EDUCATION

Tuesday 16 February 2016
17. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the Minister for Education:
I refer to the government’s recent offer to accommodate asylum seekers currently awaiting deportation to Nauru.
(1) In light of the significant number of children amongst those waiting deportation, as well as those already on bridging visas in WA, will the government, as a matter of urgency, re-enter negotiations with the commonwealth to enable asylum seeker children access to public education as occurs in every other state?
(2) If no to (1), why not?
Hon PETER COLLIER replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
(1) The current agreement between the state and commonwealth governments is that Catholic Education of Western Australia provides educational programs to asylum seeker children in Western Australia.
(2) Not applicable.