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Question Without Notice No. 776 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 September 2018 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Minister responding: Hon S.M. Ellery
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 12 September 2018

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION — SAVINGS MEASURES

776. Hon MARTIN ALDRIDGE to the Minister for Education and Training:

I refer to the minister's failed attempt to cut $64 million and 170 jobs from education, as announced by the minister on 13 December 2017.

(1) Following the minister's backflips of 11 January 2018 and 8 September 2018 and the continuation of Moora Residential College funding following an injection of funds from the federal Liberal–National government, what are the expected savings across the forward estimates and how many positions will be affected?

(2) Please provide a breakdown of the revised savings measures by service.

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I just want to confirm for the record that the member wanted Moora Residential College to remain open.

Hon Martin Aldridge: Yes.

Hon SUE ELLERY: Okay. I do not accept the premise of the question.

(1) The revised savings across the 2017–18 to 2020–21 period are $39.66 million and are estimated to affect around 105 full-time-equivalent positions.

(2) The breakdown was provided to the Legislative Council on 10 April 2018. The only changes to this information relate to Moora Residential College and the $0.25 million a year to be allocated to Fairbridge WA to ensure that camping experiences remain consistent across all camp school sites.