Thursday, 25 July 2013 04:18

Teachers Seek Answers from Federal Candidates

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Over 72,000 teacher members will soon have the opportunity to hear candidates running for a seat in the Australian Federal Election 2013 on education matters. To assist with addressing the questions and concerns of teachers, the Independent Education Union of Australia has written to key candidates asking for their position on the future of funding for the non-government sector. Questions to incumbent parliamentary leaders including Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Opposition Leader Tony Abbot and Leader of the Greens Christine Milne seek responses to key election issues such as changes to industrial relations laws, asylum seeker policy, superannuation levy increases and pay parity for early childhood education workers. In particular, teachers working in the non-government sector look forward to new Australian political parties including the Clive Palmer United Party, the Wikileaks Party and Bob Katter’s Australia Party sharing their views on education matters. IEU Federal Secretary Chris Watt said he looked forward to sharing responses with members through the union’s branch publication and websites. “It’s been a rocky year for non-government teachers, having little assurance as to the future of funding for their sector. Teachers need answers on a range of education matters before being able to make the best choice to secure adequate resourcing, good conditions and increased job security” Mr Watt said. Media Contact: Penny Bradley 0429 020 409 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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