Kindergarten funding (7.6.2017)
Written on the 8 June 2017
7 June 2017
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
My adjournment matter this evening is for the Treasurer. It relates to some clarity around some budget initiatives that are in this year's Andrews government budget.
Last week at the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC) hearing Minister Mikakos was asked about $98.4 million for kindergarten initiatives that will help improve educational outcomes for girls, which is detailed in the gender equality statement in the budget papers.
Minister Mikakos at the time noted that the question being asked had referred to the gender equality statement that was in fact released by Minister Richardson and that that therefore fell under Ms Richardson's portfolio.
Minister Richardson was then asked by members of PAEC in the afternoon if she was in fact responsible for this $98.4 million of kindergarten initiative funding that would help improve educational outcomes for girls, as had been indicated by Minister Mikakos earlier in the day, and Minister Richardson replied, 'No, I am not', and in fact that the Department of Treasury and Finance wrote the statement.So, Treasurer, if it is not Minister Mikakos and it is not Minister Richardson, the action as I said earlier is to ask you to provide clarity for including almost $100 million of non-existent kindergarten programs for girls in the budget statements.