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Where will the education axe fall?

The State Opposition is calling on the Education Minister Jennifer Rankine to detail exactly where the axe will fall for the $230 million of planned cuts to the South Australian education budget.

“South Australians should not be fooled by the Weatherill Labor Government’s desperate attempts to blame its planned budget cuts in education on the Federal Government,” said Shadow Education Minister David Pisoni.

Last year Education Department CEO Tony Harrison told 5AA ( 2/12/13)

That’s right, through the estimates process, I identified that we need to find savings targets of $230m in the next four years. All government departments have to find savings targets and as our budget is over $3b we’ve been asked to find $230m over those four years.

Mr Pisoni is right – some of those at this time are unspecified, we’re still working through identifying strategies and programs which we will need to focus on to make savings – a lot of the savings will be through TVSPs, so it is about reducing some of the numbers of the public service side of things

“$190 million of $230 million of cuts planned by the Weatherill Government remain unspecified and with the budget just 3 weeks away South Australians have the right to know where the axe will fall.

“The Weatherill Government’s plan to make nearly $230 million in cuts to education and slash almost 400 jobs over the forward estimates is in no way related to the federal budget.

“These Weatherill Labor Government cuts are the bitter fruit of the Weatherill Government’s disastrous debt and deficit policies.

“Weatherill Labor’s planned education cuts are the direct result of Weatherill Labor’s woeful budget management and its attempts to blame the Federal Government are just a pea and thimble trick.

“The reduction in education funding from the Federal Government is four years away and in the meantime South Australia will receive increased education funding from the Federal Government.

“The State Liberals do not support the Federal Government’s planned reduction in funding for education in four years’ time.

“The Weatherill Labor Government has seized on the federal budget announcements to shift the blame for South Australia’s faltering education outcomes after 12 years of Labor mismanagement.”