The Nationals have voted to slash even more funding from schools and education
services in Western Victoria by opposing Labor’s call for the Baillieu
Government to rule out making further cuts in the 2013 State Budget.

In the Legislative Council last week Nationals MP’s voted against a Labor
Opposition calling on the Premier to guarantee no further cuts to education and
skills in Victoria.

While speaking in parliament last week , Jaala Pulford said “I certainly hope funds
will be found by this government in the May budget to complete the education
precinct at Horsham and enable the Horsham College rebuild to occur.”

Ms Pulford called for the Government “to get on with this, to put this matter high on the list in its budget deliberations.”

“Local education providers like Horsham College are buckling under the weight of the
Baillieu Government’s funding cuts.”

“Young people are missing out on education and training opportunities. Families and
schools are under unprecedented financial pressure to provide the necessities
for a good education.”

“We know this because they are telling us that. They are telling Mr Delahunty that.
But do they care?”

Ms Pulford said that all Western Victorians were entitled to quality education and
called on local Nationals MP Hugh Delahunty, to stand up in the Baillieu

“It’s about time The Nationals used their political muscle in this government for the
benefit of Western Victoria.”

“The Nationals are the only thing keeping Ted Baillieu in power.

“Nothing happens without their approval,” Ms Pulford said.

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