April 1 set for protest rally

MLA Paul Papalia handing out brochures encouraging parents to join in the rally protesting cuts to education on April 1.
MLA Paul Papalia handing out brochures encouraging parents to join in the rally protesting cuts to education on April 1.

Warnbro MLA Paul Papalia was seen handing out brochures to local schools this week, gaining support from parents who are against the Barnett Government’s recent cuts to education funding and teaching positions.

The strike action is expected to commence at Langley Park at 10am and wrap up at Parliament House at about noon.

However, Education Minister Peter Collier has described the Community Day of Action as ‘outrageous’ and nothing more than an ‘unlawful strike action.’

‘This group is trying to scare parents and families and have launched this dishonest campaign simply to cause maximum disruption to WA schools and families for cynical political purposes ahead of the Senate election,’ Mr Collier said.

‘If this group was serious about putting kids first, they would have scheduled their strike two weeks later during the school holidays but instead, students may miss out on essential learning and parents will be left inconvenienced.’

Mr Papalia said the Government’s savage cuts to education funding do not make sense and will hurt students across the State.

‘It’s vital that parents and families join teachers, education assistants and other school staff in protesting against the cuts on 1 April.’

‘Anyone concerned about the education of our State’s children should join the rally and send a strong message to Mr Barnett.’

In November 2013, dozens of local education staff and parents rallied on the steps of Parliament House to present signed petitions against proposed State Government education cuts to Opposition Leader Mark McGowan.

More than 42,185 petitions were collected from schools across the state and 1607 of those signatures were from school educators and parents in the Warnbro electorate.

Senior vice-president of the State School Teachers’ Union of WA Lincoln Rose said he expected another great turnout from local parent and educators this April.

‘The education cuts have definitely been felt in schools this school term and we need to make sure no further cuts are made,’ he said.

South Metropolitan Education regional executive director Margaret Collins said schools have been asked to notify parents about their plans for April 1. If you would like more information about the Community Day of Action visit puttingourkidsfirst.com.au