MICHAEL joined hundreds of children, parents, carers and teachers
at a rally in Canberra last week to highlight the critical underfunding of
Marching under the banner "Are We Part of the Education Revolution?",
participants from St Lucy's, a specialist
school for children with cognitive and other disabilities, and
representatives from a host of other disability education services, sang
and drummed their way from Old to New Parliament House.
"Like many others, I saw the Four Corners story a few weeks ago
and was quite shocked. All children deserve
access to quality education but it seems that responsibility is being left
to the independent special schools.
"I'm really here to not only lend my support
but to find out more about the issues and the challenges these parents and
children face," explained Michael.
According to St Lucy's Principal, Jo Karaolis, Australia's Independent
Special Schools already run at a significant loss and, with federal funding
being spread more and more thinly, the sector is starting to really feel
"Kingsdene is closing, St Gabriel's and St Dominic's have lost their early
intervention centres and several NSW Catholic special schools have had to
"With the Federal Government now reviewing disability education funding the
timing was right to make sure our students don't lose any more," said