New South Wales

Sep 12, 2012

NSW axes education spending — and screws Wayne Swan

NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has been forced to put the razor to his own department, shedding 1800 jobs and increasing TAFE fees by 9.5%. It's a twisted political move, writes Andrew Stevenson.

The NSW Education Department is this morning tweeting a handy link to its school website for “help with adding and subtracting numbers”. Perhaps the minister Adrian Piccoli will have a look; the NSW Treasurer Mike Baird is clearly an avid follower.

After cadging a skinny increase of only 3% in the June state budget, Piccoli — among education ministers, probably the most enthusiastic supporter of the federal government’s Gonski reform proposals — has been beaten up in NSW cabinet, with city Liberals turning on a guy they perceive as a dripping-wet Nat.

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