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Monday, 20 August 2012
Page: 9320

Education Funding

Debate resumed on motion by 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.