Senate Education Funding Reform Debate
Pauline Hanson, "I hear so many times from parents and teachers whose time is taking up of children in the classroom where they have a disability or whether they are autistic that it is taking up the teachers time.
These kids have a right to an education by all means, but if there is a number of them these children should actually go into a special classroom, looked after and given special attention because most of the time the teacher spends so much time on them that they forget about the child... that wants to go ahead in leaps and bounds in their education but are held back by those because the teachers spend time with them, but I am not denying them, if it was one of my children I would like all the time given them to give them those opportunities, but it is about the loss of our other kids.
I think that we have more autistic children and yet we are not providing the special classrooms or the schools for these autistic children and if they are it is at huge expense to parents. I think we need to take that into consideration that we need to look at this, it’s no good saying we’ve got to allow these kids to feel good about themselves, and we don’t want to upset them, and make them feel hurt, and I understand that.
But we have to be realistic at times and consider the impact that is having on other children in that classroom. We can't afford to hold our kids back, we have the rest of the world and other kids in other countries who are going ahead in leaps and bounds ahead of us, and unless we keep up a decent educational standard in this country we will keep going further backwards and backwards and our kids will not be the ones getting the good jobs in this country, they will be bringing in people from overseas, filling positions in this country that belong to our children.
So our education is very important, and I just feel it needs to be handled correctly and we need to get rid of these people because you want everyone to feel good about themselves."