More Counsellors Needed Per Student
The Weekly 30 April 2006
More Counsellors Needed Per Student
The increased numbers of students being suspended in NSW State schools
highlights the Iemma/Carr Labor Government's failure to provide adequate
counsellors to work with problem students either before or after they are
suspended. The 2002 Vinson report into the NSW education system warned that
Labor in NSW had provided the lowest number of counsellors per student of any
state in Australia. This means teachers are not getting critical support to
change student behaviour.
Students who are suspended for violence or drugs often have underlying issues
which cannot be solved by shipping them from school to school. Figures show
there were 280 long suspensions handed out every week in the past year and every
day last year, a student was expelled.
Education Minister Carmel Tebbutt's response is to get the parents involved
which works when the parents are capable of doing so, but often these children
come from homes where there are already serious issues and external counselling
and support services are vital. In many schools for children with behavioural
issues there is one counsellor for only one to one and a half days a week a
situation that teachers report is completely insufficient to make a difference
to these children.
The hard working, committed teachers who work in our schools and suspension
centres need more support in order to deal with these students. It's time Labor
responded to the 2002 Vinson report which highlighted that only one school
counsellor per 1000 students is insufficient to change students' behaviour.
Purchasing National Parks and Wildlife Service Annual Passes
For frequent visitors to national parks in NSW, the NPWS offers four types of
annual passes which can be purchased for entry to a range of parks. They vary in
price from $22 to $145 (daily entry fees are usually around $7), with the NPWS
also offering a 20 per cent discount to Seniors.
Further information about the Annual Pass is available by contacting my office,
or by calling the NPWS Annual Pass centre on 1300 361 967.
Contacting the Office of State Revenue
My office is often contacted by constituents seeking assistance in regard to
infringements and fine enforcements. In addition to assistance provided by my
office, there are also a number of Customer Contact Centres run by the Office of
State Revenue that can assist with queries in regard to fines. There contact
details are as follows;
Fine enforcement 1300 655 805 www.sdro.nsw.gov.au
Infringement Processing 1300 138 118 www.ipb.nsw.gov.au
NSW Growth Figures
Recently released annual economic growth figures should concern residents of
NSW. Whilst much of Australia is experiencing a boom NSW continues to lag behind
the rest of the States. The economic growth figures are as follows (in order of
Northern Territory 11.5%
Western Australia 10.4%
South Australia 2.9%
This is strong evidence of the need for a fresh approach to running the State's
Home Based Business Week
Being an advocate for small business it is pleasing to see more than 60 per cent
of NSW small businesses are home based and from Monday 1 May until Friday 5 May,
the Department of State and Regional Development is holding Home Based Business
Week to assist these businesses. Home Based Business owners can face many extra
challenges, such as separating home and family life, and navigating tax rules
specific to Home Based Business.
The aim of Home Based Business Week is to help home-based business operators
succeed in their businesses by increasing their skills in areas such as finding
finance to grow the business, e-marketing, networking, database marketing, and
exporting from home.
To find out more about the week, or to obtain a copy of the "Homebiz Kit" either
contact my office or call the information hotline on 1300 134 359.