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Premier Caught Out on "Free Kinder" Promise

10 February 2016

Premier Daniel Andrews has been caught out on his promise of free kindergarten for drought ravaged communities.

On November 15, 2015, Daniel Andrews told a community meeting at Birchip:

“Free kinder, so no kinder fees, for anyone sending their kids to kinder over those 10 local government areas.” ABC Birchip Daniel Andrews free kinder - 15 Nov 2015

However parents and kindergartens are being told by the Education Department that free kindergarten is not for everyone and will be means tested against eligibility criteria.

Leader of the Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said Daniel Andrews must apologise to kindergartens and parents for this mess and deliver his commitment of free kindergarten for all families in Buloke, Loddon and Gannawarra shires.

“When Daniel Andrews announced free kinder, he never mentioned eligibility criteria or means testing.

“Kindergarten started two weeks ago and service providers are issuing fees notices for 2016.

“Droughts impact communities well beyond the farm gate and Daniel Andrews must deliver what he promised –free kindergarten for everyone in our shires.”



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