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    18   VICTORIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM CUTS

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the motion of Ms Smyth—That this House:

(1)    condemns the Victorian Liberal Government for scrapping the ‘School Start Bonus’ and ‘School-based Education Maintenance Allowance’ payments and calls for them to be immediately reinstated; and

(2)    considers that:

(a)    the Victorian Liberal Government’s cuts to the Education Maintenance Allowance will affect some of the most disadvantaged students across Victoria, and their families; and

(b)   these cuts, combined with cuts which have already been made by the Victorian Government to Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning and the Victorian TAFE system, will cause long-lasting damage to the Victorian education system, particularly for those who are most at risk of leaving the school system early without proper skills and training—

Debate resumed by Ms Smyth who moved, by leave, as an amendment—That paragraph 1 of the motion be amended to read as follows:

(1)    opposes the Victorian Liberal Government’s scrapping of the ‘School Start Bonus’ and ‘School-based Education Maintenance Allowance’ payments and calls for them to be immediately reinstated; and

Debate continued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and passed.

Question—That the motion, as amended, be agreed to—put and passed.