WEDNESDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER 2014
In a clear slap down of the Education Minister, Christopher Pyne, the Member for Fisher, Mal Brough, lashed out at the Abbott Government’s decision to only fund religious chaplains in schools, leaving skilled and valued welfare workers facing the sack.
Mr Brough told the Parliament that the Government’s decision will mean: “skilled welfare workers and youth workers will not be engaged in this program.”
Mr Brough shared examples of the good work these people have done in the community of Chevallum. There are three schools in the Electorate of Fisher who will lose a skilled welfare officer.
He urged the Government to change its mind on this ill-conceived decision, which means 620 schools across the country will lose their current secular National School Welfare Officers program:
“[I ask] that the minister and the executive think again how we may be able to accommodate these fine people who are doing good work and meeting the needs of these schools.”
“Many Coalition MPs are feeling the pressure of the immense community opposition to the Abbott Government’s cruel attack’s in their own electorates,” Shadow Minister for Education, Kate Ellis, said.
“It is clear no community will be shielded from this indefensible attack on welfare workers.”
“I urge other Coalition MPs and Senators to follow Mal Brough’s lead, set aside party politics and let Christopher Pyne know that their communities are against this decision to sack welfare officers and against his decision to cut $30 billion of funding from Australian schools. Education is just too important.”