• Palaszczuk Labor Government delays closure of school disability program by one year, despite calls to keep it open

  • Minister Kate Jones caught-out trying to blame the Federal Government and the previous LNP Government

  • Petition to continue the program received almost 30,000 signatures

    State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan said the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s decision to delay axing an education program for young students with a disability would just prolong uncertainty for Redlands’ parents.

    Mr McEachan said the extension provided little comfort for parents whose children were currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Development Programs (ECDPs).

    “Instead of trying to find a solution for Redlands and Queensland parents, Education Minister Kate Jones has blamed everyone else, including the Federal Government.

    “The decision to continue the ECDP in our schools is hers and hers alone, exposing her claims as nothing more than political buck passing.”

    Local parent Samantha Chant, whose son participated in ECDP for two years, is concerned about the impact on the school system.

    “ECDP is a unique and specialised program and unless the Government can offer a replacement program they are essentially setting our kids up to fail.

    “Not only that, but I don’t believe they have considered the additional pressures removing this program will place on the school system”, Mrs. Chant said.

    Mr McEachan commended Redlands’ parents and wider community members leading the campaign to keep the ECDPs open.

    [ENDS] 30 March 2016