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September 6, 2013

The recent announcement by Premier Colin Barnett to impose budgets cuts on the Education Department could lead to an increase in juvenile offending, drug and alcohol problems and mental health issues.

The WA Police Union Board passed a recommendation which expressed serious concern at these recent cuts.

Union President George Tilbury said the Board supported the education unions, parents and others in protesting against the budgets cuts.

“One of our major concerns is that a number of preventive programs will be cut because the money is simply no longer there. This will lead to students becoming disengaged with their schooling and has the potential to see an increase in at-risk students beginning a life of recidivist crime which can be difficult to break,” Mr Tilbury said.

“Education is a vital pillar of our community and these cuts will result in a loss of educational opportunities and it’s not only the children who will be disadvantaged.

“There is a large possibility that these cuts will have longer term social impacts including higher incidents of juvenile offending, drug and alcohol problems, as well as mental health issues, which will all have an impact on our Members and the wider community.

“Mr Barnett needs to start listening to the community rather than dismissing their concerns. He must consider the wider impact of his cuts before imposing them on government departments and the community.

“WAPU urges the Barnett Government to reconsider its position with regard to funding of WA public schools as a matter of urgency and we fully support the State School Teachers’ Union of WA and its campaign against the cuts.”