News that Education Minister Susan Close has no idea what scale of renovation will be required to make the Reid Building fit for purpose as a high school highlights just how little control she has over education policy.
“From day one Minister Close has been sidelined in respect of the important decisions regarding the delivery of education policy and once again we discover she is a bit player in the decision to break an election promise to build a new high school on the Royal Adelaide Hospital site,” said Shadow Minister for Education David Pisoni.
“It is outrageous that the Minister for Education is not all over the detail regarding the plans for the renovation of a building that will cost taxpayers a staggering $115 million.
“Indeed how can the Weatherill Government have any idea what the renovation of the Reid Building is going to cost if it has no plans in place based on a detailed assessment of the suitability of the building.
“It is worth remembering that the Education Minister has repeatedly claimed that the Weatherill Government was going to fulfill its election promise to build a new high school on the RAH site.”
In State Parliament earlier this year when questioned about the Weatherill Government’s plans to ditch its promise to build a new school on the RAH site Minister Close said:
That was the commitment made at the election and that commitment will be kept. (Hansard 24/02/15))
That was despite the fact that during the same question time in State Parliament 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)
“Minister Close is the Sergeant Schultz of the State Government – she knows nothing,” said Mr Pisoni.