Construction of the new Casey Central East Primary School is now uncertain, with the Baillieu Government refusing to commit funding for construction, State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said today.

In 2011, the Baillieu Government announced that it would match Labor’s pre-election commitment to build Casey Central East Primary School and provided funding for land acquisition in the 2011 State Budget.

However, no funding for construction of the school was included in the 2012 State Budget. In a letter to Ms Graley, the Minister for Education refused to say when the school will open.

Ms Graley said the Baillieu Government had proved once again its contempt for public education.

“The Baillieu Government has shown time and time again that it does not care about public education,” she said

“For political purposes, the Baillieu Government funded the purchase of the land for the new school but has consistently refused to fund construction,”

“Children cannot attend school in a paddock,”

“The Baillieu Government needs to immediately come clean and state when the school will open.”

Ms Graley said that the new primary school was desperately needed to cater for increasing local demand.

“Surrounding schools are overflowing with nearly 1000 students each,” she said

“Construction is about to begin at the estate in which the new school site is located,”

“Next year, families will be moving into their new homes not knowing when construction will begin on Casey Central East Primary School,”

“This is a government that just does not care.”