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Labor’s city high school in doubt

The Weatherill Labor Government is preparing to break its promise to deliver a new city high school on the old RAH site by 2019.

During a series of question in Parliament regarding the Weatherill Government’s commitment to its election promise the Deputy Premier John Rau refused to commit to the election pledge.


The government continues to consider options in that precinct and, because of a range of issues, including the complex nature of the site and various other things, a very detailed consideration needs to be undertaken. (Hansard 24/02/15)


“The Weatherill Government has no options in that precinct unless it intends to break its election promise to build the new city school there,” said Shadow Minister for Education David Pisoni.


“The families of school age children living in Adelaide’s inner suburbs will be bitterly disappointed with this cynical breach of faith by the Weatherill Labor Government.


“Public high schools in the inner city ring are overflowing with students with many being forced to travel further away from Adelaide to secure a place.


“Unfortunately this isn’t the first time they have failed to deliver an election promise regarding schools in the square mile of the city.


“Labor failed to deliver on their 2010 election promise of an extra 250 students for the existing Adelaide High School by 2013.


“Today also revealed that Labor’s new Education Minister Susan Close has been left out of the loop by the Government’s boys club.


Questioned before Deputy Premier John Rau in Parliament today Minister Close confirmed Labor’s promise to build a second city high school at the old RAH site would happen by 2019.


That was the commitment made at the election and that commitment will be kept. (Hansard 24/02/15))


“No it won’t and Minister Close will now be the Minister responsible for breaking this core education promise.”