The state budget is another big let-down for everyone who cares about education, Victorian Greens Education spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik has said today.
“Victoria has been the lowest spending of any state government on education for many years. This Coalition government has taken millions of dollars out of in-school programs, such as EMA and VCAL and closed regional offices that provided much needed support for schools. This budget does nothing to repair that damage or lift our education spending above the national average,” Ms Pennicuik said.
In Parliament today the Greens will call on the government to meet with the families of victims of family violence, after the paltry budget response to this prevalent problem.
“Instead of the urgent minimum $16 million requested by service providers for the state-wide roll-out for the Strengthening Risk Management project, the government has announced just $4.5 million,” said Victorian Greens spokesperson on women Colleen Hartland.
“This project would create multi-agency high risk task forces across Victoria as the first step in a system-wide approach to holding violent perpetrators accountable for their behaviour.”
“In the wake of the murder of Fiona Warzywoda, I am shocked by the Napthine Government’s appalling neglect of the issue.”
Colleen Hartland - Speech in parliament regarding the State Taxation Legislation Amendment Bill 2014.
Mr Barber has, as usual, addressed extremely well most of what the Greens needed to discuss. I will deal with just the issues around pokies and gambling which are addressed in clauses 25 and 26. I will be quite brief now and will be asking questions during the committee stage.
Clause 25 increases the losses on average pokies machines from 13 per cent to 15 per cent. The Greens oppose this clause because it will increase the losses on pokies.