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Greens welcome WA Government’s cooling on truancy trials

The Australian Greens today welcomed signs that the Western Australian Government may not implement a punitive Federal Government truancy trial in Perth schools.
“The program, which has been widely criticised by teacher’s unions and welfare groups, allows Centrelink to halt payments to parents whose children fail to attend school for 13 weeks,” Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said.
“Such a punitive program fails to address the underlying causes of non-attendance and only further undermines families in need of support.
“Today we welcome news that WA Education Minister Liz Constable shares our scepticism about the trial.
“We understand that while the previous State Government had an in-principle agreement with the Federal Government to implement the trial, the Barnett Government is still to decide whether to go along with it.
“The trial had been expected to start two weeks ago at the beginning of the school year.
“We now urge the State Government to stand up for WA families and oppose this cruel and pointless trial.
The trial had been expected to run in about 14 schools in the Cannington District, which includes the suburb of Cannington, as well as 38 other suburbs in the south-east metropolitan area.

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