Auslan interpreters and 80 members of the deaf and Auslan (Australian sign language) speaking communities packed the gallery of Victorian Parliament today, when Greens MLC Colleen Hartland questioned the Higher Education Minister Peter Hall about cuts to Auslan education.
"The Minister is still blaming non-government organisations for the Baillieu government's failure to provide funding for Kangan TAFE to continue its Diploma of Auslan," said Victorian Greens Disability Rights spokesperson Colleen Hartland.
"He is still trying to fudge the issue, by pretending that a part time certificate course is anything like a Diploma. That's like training someone for first aid and sending them off to be a doctor."
"Without the Diploma of Auslan, students won't be able to go on to study to become an interpreter. Without interpreters in Victoria, there will be a whole range of human rights issues."
"I asked the Minister to guarantee the continuation of a Diploma of Auslan in Victoria next year. He wasn't able to."
"I will campaign with the community until the Minister reads the signs," said Ms Hartland.
For comment: Colleen Hartland - 9689 6373