Barnett underestimates opposition to education cuts

Media statement, Wednesday, 11 September, 2013.
 
Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says the Premier needs to recognise that education cuts are opposed by parents, teachers and school workers across the political spectrum. Her comments are in response to reports in The West Australian today that Barnett told unions they are making a ‘big, big mistake’ in regards to alleged alliances.
 
“The Premier is trying to pigeonhole opposition to state-wide education cuts as an issue hyped up by Labor in the lead up to the federal election - this could not be further from the truth”.
 
As the Greens spokesperson for Education, Ms MacLaren accounted for the crowd that attended the State School Teachers Union rally outside parliament house.
 
“There were people I recognised as supporters of the Greens, Labor and Liberal parties. Obviously, the crowd also would’ve included people of no particular political persuasion, but they just wanted to fight to keep cuts from affecting their job or their child’s education”.
 
“The Premier needs to pay attention to what the Western Australian public are saying, this is not a partisan issue, this is an issue for everyone. We should not be cutting support to teachers or teacher’s aides whilst our population is growing”.