An opinion poll taken between the 14th and 18th of September shows that the
O'Farrell government's $1.7 billion cut to public schools and TAFE colleges
is deeply unpopular and has many Coalition voters question their decision
to put the Liberals and Nationals into power, according to Greens NSW MP
('Premier loses support base over big cuts to education' Sydney Morning
Herald, 24 September 2012, page 3 http://j.mp/TmApRl)
Dr Kaye said: "The people of NSW have not bought into Barry O'Farrell's
budget black hole excuse.
"Voters are putting public education and the benefits it brings to the
future of the state ahead of appeasing the rating agencies.
"The O'Farrell government cannot claim to have any mandate to take the axe
to pubic schools and TAFE colleges.
"There was no mention of the cuts during the 2011 election and the poll
shows that the overwhelming majority of voters would have been much less
likely to chose the Coalition is they had known this was going to happen.
"The anger with the O'Farrell government is set to explode as voters
realise that while public schools bear the brunt of the budget cuts, the
private sector has been largely protected.
"The inequality in education funding is about to get a lot worse.
"Voters will be asking why is it acceptable for public education to have to
compromise on outcomes while private schools will see no reduction in state
subsidies and continued increases in their federal funding.
"Cuts to public hospitals are likely to be just as unpopular," Dr Kaye said.