22 November 2017 | No. 12-17 | download as pdf

ALP tops class on education and industrial relations

Each election, the QTU compares the track record and policies of the political parties and seeks commitments on education and industrial relations (IR) in particular. We started with a comparison of records in government. Now we’ve seen policies announced and responses to our list of priorities (QTU State Election Claims). Here’s our assessment:



  • Appalling record in government 2012–15 see more, with few bright spots.
  • Response to QTU priorities
    • Willing to work with QTU on a range of priorities, but no firm commitments. $65m for Better Schools Fund (see full response)
  • Has announced plans for more Independent Public Schools and another test for graduate teachers, and has endorsed the federal government’s mandatory phonics test for six-year-olds.
  • The party that sacked 14,000 and made seven major changes to IR legislation in government has no published IR policy, other than no forced redundancies in the public service (!?)
  • Will do a deal with One Nation (see below) and has remained silent in response to One Nation attacks on teachers.


  • No response to QTU priorities.
  • Have announced a “public infrastructure bank” for infrastructure including schools; no other education or IR announcements have been made in the election campaign so far.
  • General policies (on schools and TAFE) adopted in 2014 are good. IR policy (also 2014) inferior to ALP.

Katter’s Australian Party

  • No response to QTU priorities.
  • No published policies on education and IR at all.
  • Supported ALP minority government 2015-17.

One Nation

  • No response to QTU priorities.
  • No published policies on education or IR at all (but two pages on crocodile management).
  • Attacked teachers over made-up stories mid-way through the campaign.


NAPLAN ballot returns due.  Members are reminded that the outcomes of the ballot regarding banning NAPLAN online and robot marking, calling for a review of NAPLAN, and rejecting the phonics test for six-year-olds need to be completed by Friday 24 November. It is vital that a strong ballot result is delivered so that the future Education Minister is fully informed of the views of QTU members when considering federal government plans for education.

Further detail regarding the ballot can be found in Newsflash 11-17.

 Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union