Victorian schools thank government

November 12, 2014 by J-Wire Staff
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The Australia Council of Jewish Schools representing students in Jewish schools in Victoria has welcomed the State Liberal and ALP commitments made today to assist our schools develop implement and maintain emergency management procedures.


These will allow rapid decision protocols, critical training, and drills to specifically address security risks.

We wish to acknowledge the Hon Mathew Guy, Minister for Planning, and Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship together with Hon David Southwick, Member for Caulfield and Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services who announced at the Melbourne Holocaust Centre this morning specific funding to address the emergency management procedures in our schools.

We also wish to acknowledge The Hon James Merlino, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Education together with Mr Josh Burns, ALP candidate for Caulfield who announced support for this program at the Beth Rivkah Ladies College.

The commitment of both Parties to our schools and schools at risk, in respect to developing measures of this type is very much appreciated.

The bi-partisan approach is indicative of the need. We welcome the State recognition of this need

These funds will compliment the Federal Secure Schools Programme allowing better protection against an unwarranted incident from those intent on causing harm.

We thank both the State Liberal Party and the State ALP for this initiative and for its support.

The United Jewish Education Board also welcomed the Coalition’s promise of commitment for the Special Religious Instruction (SRI) Program, should it be returned to government after Election day.

Member for Caulfield, David Southwick MP, in a letter to UJEB wrote that the “Victorian Coalition remains committed to supporting the SRI program.”

The Coalition also pledged $300,000 to UJEB for financial support for curriculum and associated resources over five years.

“UJEB welcomes this strong commitment to maintaining the SRI program, ” Board Member Jeremy Leibler said today. “David Southwick has worked passionately on this issue, for which we are grateful.” Mr Leibler also said he was seeking advice from the ALP as to their policy on SRI.


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