A Senate Inquiry has heard that the change of prime ministers has sadly changed nothing for students with disability in Australia.
Our schools are still grappling with the same broken promises on funding and lack of support for students with disability under Malcolm Turnbull as they were under Tony Abbott.
Officials from the Department of Education confirmed that there was absolutely no change in Government policy:
SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA, SUE LINES: When it comes to children with disability, there has been no new investment and no changes in the Government’s policy since the new Prime Minister and the Minister were sworn in?
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICIAL: It’s as allocated, or as decided, in the Budget.
[SENATE INQUIRY INTO THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITY, MELBOURNE, 29 SEPTEMBER 2015]
Students with disability continue to hurt from the Liberal Government’s decisions to dump the needs-based Gonski reforms, cut $30 billion from our schools and terminate the $100 million per year More Support for Students with Disabilities program.
Furthermore, the hearing revealed that the Department of Education hasn't even properly briefed Simon Birmingham on the education of students with disability.
A change of Prime Minister has changed nothing for Australia’s education system.
Malcolm Turnbull is merely covering the same lousy cuts with different wrapping paper, and all our students deserve better.
THURSDAY, 1 OCTOBER 2015