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Aboriginal education cuts misguided and short-sighted

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Hon Alison Xamon MLC, Greens (WA) spokesperson for education, has condemned as misguided and short-sighted the Minister for Education’s decision to cut Aboriginal education staff from regional offices.

“It is completely unacceptable for Pilbara, Midwest, Wheatbelt, Goldfields and South West regional offices to be left without any Aboriginal education staff, and for only one Aboriginal staff member to be located in the Kimberley district office”, Ms Xamon said.

Decision to cut funding for Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre outrageous

Friday, January 5, 2018

Greens Member for North Metropolitan Region Hon Alison Xamon MLC has called on the Minister for Education to reverse her decision to cut funding to the Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre, calling it “outrageous.”

“This is the latest appalling attack on the education of WA children – and its announcement during the December break was heartless,” Ms Xamon said.

“The Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre is a vital resource for teaching children living in the metropolitan area about biodiversity and the wonders of the State’s unique environment.

School of the Air cuts has not been thought through

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Hon Alison Xamon MLC, Greens spokesperson for Education, today reiterated her call for the Minister for Education to reverse her decision to abolish the School of the Air (SOTA).

“It is clear that quite simply the groundwork has not been done to justify the announcement to close SOTA,” Ms Xamon said.

“We know that no consultation took place before the decision was announced and that as a result the decision has raised more questions than it answers.  The fact that this has occurred just before Christmas leaving families distressed is appalling.

Greens call on Government to implement Royal Commission recommendations

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Greens (WA) have today called on the Commonwealth and State Governments to commit to implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Greens spokesperson for Child Protection Hon Alison Xamon MLC said she welcomed the Royal Commission’s final report, presented today,  which marked the completion of the Royal Commission’s mammoth and distressing five-year task.

Cuts contradict children’s right to education: Greens

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Greens spokesperson for Education Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today called on the Government to reverse its decision to cut $64 million from the State’s Education budget from 2019.

Ms Xamon said the repurposing of Tuart College and the change of program delivery at Canning College would disadvantage students who needed alternative pathways to university.

“These colleges have for decades played a critical role in assisting students who, whatever reason, may not have satisfactorily completed Year 12,” Ms Xamon said.

“They have been their avenue into university.

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