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Leaky Labor budget means leaky school roofs

Jul 03, 2012

Isobel Redmond MP

Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for the Arts, Multicultural Affairs and ICAC


Leaky Labor budget means leaky school roofs

South Australia charges the highest school fees in the nation – yet South Australian schools are being expected to find money for basic maintenance from parents.

In March this year, a memo went out to school principals explaining that their ‘break down maintenance’ would no longer be covered if it was over their budgeted allocation.

Instead, the Department will now only pay 71 per cent of a school’s maintenance payment once it exceeds the prescribed amount.

“Principals are being forced to make up the difference by bleeding struggling South Australian parents for more money,” Liberal Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond said.

“Left with no option, they are shifting the cost impost onto parents, thanks to the Weatherill Labor Government. It is either that or leaving critical school maintenance incomplete.

“These are not luxuries – the sort of maintenance required includes replacing rusted gutters, fixing leaking roofs and salt damp.

“The funding model is based on a per student allocation irrespective of the age of the school or its buildings.

“The Weatherill Labor Government is expecting to raise an extra $25 million dollars from parents in school fees alone. Coupled with voluntary fund-raising in schools, the average parent contribution that Mr Weatherill is expecting from public school students is $780 per student.

“South Australian parents are now paying the highest electricity prices in the world, have just suffered a 25 per cent hike in their water rates, and are set to be hit by the cost of living impact of the new carbon tax.

“Yet the Weatherill Labor Government sees fit to shift the cost of basic school maintenance onto parents as well.

“Mr Weatherill’s waste addiction is hurting South Australian families. He cannot continue to treat South Australians as a bottomless money pit.

“The Weatherill Labor Government needs to acknowledge its financial mismanagement is hurting real people. It is time they got real solutions.”

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