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Media release – Australian Education Union, 20 April, 2021 Vote education: Teachers and school staff unveil 60 candidates who support schools and TAFE Tasmanian teachers, principals and school staff with the Australian Education Union today unveiled the names of 60 state election candidates who are committed to public education, local schools and TasTAFE. The 60 […]

Media release – Australian Education Union, 20 April, 2021

Vote education: Teachers and school staff unveil 60 candidates who support schools and TAFE

Tasmanian teachers, principals and school staff with the Australian Education Union today unveiled the names of 60 state election candidates who are committed to public education, local schools and TasTAFE.

The 60 candidates include independents, Labor and Greens from all five lower house electorates, as well as the Upper House electorates of Derwent and Windermere.

“If you care about your local schools, about keeping TAFE working for Tasmanians and supporting students with disability and complex needs, there are 60 candidates you can vote for across Tasmania,” said David Genford, teacher and AEU Tasmania President.

“We need strong advocates for public schools, colleges and TasTAFE in Parliament and we’re naming those candidates so people can vote for those who support quality education.”

“The choice in this state election is clear – these 60 candidates who support our schools, colleges and TAFE or those who underfunded schools and want to privatise TasTAFE.”

The candidates given the public education tick include independents Kristie Johnson and Sue Hickey in Clark, Craig Garland in Braddon and Labor and Greens candidates in every electorate.

The full list of candidates is available at: vote4education.org.au

“Public education is central to Tasmania’s economic recovery and ensures we create a fairer future for our kids and that’s worth voting for,” said Mr Genford.

The Australian Education Union sent a survey to all 113 state election candidates asking about their views on key public education policy areas.

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Candidates who committed to fully funding public schools, keeping TasTAFE in public hands, supporting students with additional needs and employing more teachers were given a “tick” recommendation.

Candidates who were committed to privatising TasTAFE and underfund schools were given a “cross”.

“We surveyed all candidates and found 60 were committed to fully fund public schools and colleges, supporting students with disability and complex needs, investment not privatisation for TasTAFE and employing more quality educators.”

Not one Liberal Party candidate has received a tick on public education.

“The Liberal Party’s TasTAFE privatisation policy is an attack on public education and we cannot recommend a vote for candidates who want to make education about profit, not people.”

The Liberal Party did not respond to the candidate survey so they were marked on their current policies. The Liberal Party signed a bilateral funding agreement with the Commonwealth that underfunds Tasmanian public schools by nine percent out to the year 2027.

“Teachers, principals and school staff can’t recommend a vote for candidates who would leave every public school student more than a thousand dollars a year short of the funding required to secure them a quality education,” said Mr Genford.

“The Liberal Party is underfunding public schools by a total of $473,415 million between 2020 and 2023 – that is funding desperately needed to provide the one-on-one tailored support our students need to reach their potential.

“As a teacher and a parent, I know how important our local schools, colleges and TasTAFE are to Tasmania’s future.”

“This election, vote for your local schools, for our kids and for TasTAFE – vote for public education.”

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Following is the full list of 60 candidates committed to public education:

Candidate Party Electorate
Craig Farrell Labor Derwent
Geoff Lyons Labor Windermere
Rob Soward Independent Windermere
Adrian Hinds Labor Bass
Anne Layton-Bennett Greens Bass
Cecily Rosol Greens Bass
Jack Davenport Greens Bass
Janie Finlay Labor Bass
Jennifer Houston Labor Bass
Michelle O’Byrne Labor Bass
Mitchell Houghton Greens Bass
Owen Powell Labor Bass
Roy Ramage Independent Bass
Tom Hall Greens Bass
Amanda Diprose Labor Braddon
Anita Dow Labor Braddon
Craig Garland Independent Braddon
Darren Briggs Greens Braddon
Emily Murray Greens Braddon
Justine Keay Labor Braddon
Maureen Corbett Greens Braddon
Michelle Rippon Labor Braddon
Phill Parsons Greens Braddon
Shane Broad Labor Braddon
Tammy Milne Greens Braddon
Bec Taylor Greens Clark
Cassy O’Connor Greens Clark
Chris Clark Labor Clark
Deb Carnes Labor Clark
Ella Haddad Labor Clark
Jax Ewin Independent Clark
Kristie Johnston Independent Clark
Mike Dutta Independent Clark
Nathan Volf Greens Clark
Sam Mitchell Labor Clark
Simon Davis Labor Clark
Sue Hickey Independent Clark
Tim Smith Greens Clark
Vica Bayley Greens Clark
Alison Standen Labor Franklin
Amy Brumby Labor Franklin
Bridget Verrier Greens Franklin
David O’Byrne Labor Franklin
Dean Winter Labor Franklin
Fabiano Cangelosi Labor Franklin
Gideon Cordover Greens Franklin
Kit Darko Greens Franklin
Phoenix Harrison Greens Franklin
Rebecca Byfield Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Franklin
Rosalie Woodruff Greens Franklin
Toby Thorpe Labor Franklin
Edwin Batt Labor Lyons
Gerrard Gaffney Labor Lyons
Isabel Shapcott Greens Lyons
Janet Lambert Labor Lyons
Jenna Butler Labor Lyons
Jill Pierce Greens Lyons
Liz Johnstone Greens Lyons
Rebecca White Labor Lyons
Tim Morris Greens Lyons
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Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/04/vote-education-60-candidates-who-support-schools-tafe/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vote-education-60-candidates-who-support-schools-tafe

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