Election Submission – 2014 State Election

In the lead up to the March election, SAASSO released submissions aimed at improving public education and enhancing the wellbeing of our children.



Submission 1 Response



Submission 1 Response


The Greens 

Submission 3 Response

“The solution, clearly, is to place DECD under constant and unyielding community scrutiny. The first step is SAASSO’s Education Proposal 1 – putting real power in the hands of parents and the school community to hold the department to account … because our children really are at the heart of everything we do.” [SAASSO President, Gino Amato]

Proposal 1 – Parents’ Rights

Proposal 2 – Preschool

Proposal 3 – Special Needs

Proposal 4 – Dyslexia



Tell us what you think of our submissions and the responses of our political parties.


*We may not be able to publish all comments and we may edit some comments to ensure their suitability for publishing.


  1. Good work SAASSO. Pathetic response labor.

    Comment by Jessie — March 3, 2014 @ 11:03 am

  2. Lazy labor!

    Comment by Becks — March 3, 2014 @ 11:19 am

  3. Jay if you had written this letter four years ago you wouldn’t be heading for a wipeout.

    Comment by Jack — March 3, 2014 @ 12:44 pm

  4. Did I miss something Labor? Or did your response completely ignore the point that SAASSO was making? Oh, and “a vibrant city”? Did you mean Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Port Augusta, Pt. Pirie, Mt. Gambier? I think not. You meant Adelaide, didn’t you?

    Comment by Karina — March 3, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

  5. Marshall’s letter fixes half the problems with education in just 3 pages! How do I get on the decd complaints panel?

    Comment by Matt — March 3, 2014 @ 1:08 pm

  6. I welcome the pledges made by Mr. Marshall. It is a bold move to empower parents in such broad ways. He has promised transparency and these policies will make it difficult for the education department to maintain its culture of coverup. But, Mr. Marshall and his education minister will have to make more hard calls at the department level if this transparency is yo result in true change.

    Comment by Robert B — March 3, 2014 @ 1:16 pm

  7. The education department would never have gotten away with the cover-ups if these sorts of things had been in place after the last election. Think of how many children would have escaped the abuse they suffered….

    Comment by Kasey — March 3, 2014 @ 1:37 pm

  8. Excellent work by SAASSO. Factual. No spin. I had no idea so few countries start school at five. I’m sure there is a financial reason for this. It’s great that the liberals are offering so much to protect children, but what about giving them a better education?

    Comment by Darren — March 3, 2014 @ 1:48 pm

  9. I do not believe minister Rankine was still formulating education policies on December 31, 2013. I hope she doesn’t throw things together that late. And why had she not sought pity the input of SAASSO into her policies long before this. I am very disappointed in my party. I must congratulate the leader of the opposition. His letter is pragmatic and shows a clear understanding of the issues, the concerns of parents and also of the role and capacities of SAASSO.

    Comment by Julianna A — March 3, 2014 @ 1:48 pm

  10. Obviously rankine has learned nothing about listening to parents. What an insult is her reply! Great news for SAASSO and all parents when the libs are elected. The inductions for ALL schools by SAASSO is a brilliant concept and desperately needed.

    Comment by Nate — March 3, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

  11. Rankine must be busy updating her resume. Disgraceful letter.

    Comment by Sam H — March 3, 2014 @ 1:54 pm

  12. well well ms rankine .. .. it seems your priority is “premium food and wine “.. . as the education minister one can only wonder when you would be in a position to respond saasso”s submission ..your a disgrace ..

    Comment by N.O.G — March 3, 2014 @ 1:54 pm

  13. New low for labor. Fantastic letter from Marshall. Parents on education boards will open things up.

    Comment by Eja — March 3, 2014 @ 1:56 pm

  14. Gutless response from Rankine. And that’s why you will lose Jay.

    Comment by Con — March 3, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

  15. One place where a SAASSO rep is needed is on the sace board.

    Comment by John R — March 3, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

  16. Asleep at the wheel rankine.

    Comment by Dave — March 3, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

  17. Sweeping and overdue changes from the liberals. The union won’t be happy.

    Comment by Mick. H — March 3, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

  18. Ms. Rankine, we deserve a better response than this.

    Comment by Mum of three — March 3, 2014 @ 2:20 pm

  19. Good point NOP. Rankine you are the education minister and this is an election. If you aren’t in a position to respond to parents about education – who is?

    Comment by Scott W — March 3, 2014 @ 2:22 pm

  20. Rankine definitely won’t be in a position to respond after the election.

    Comment by Rob S — March 3, 2014 @ 2:25 pm

  21. Fantastic job by the Liberals. I’ve attended SAASSO training. Comprehensive and clear.

    Comment by Jenny N — March 3, 2014 @ 2:29 pm

  22. We went through three years of fighting with the department at our school. Having SAASSO making the complaints for parents is the best idea in the last decade. The government bullies parents and having someone standing by you while you stand up for your children will make all the difference.

    Comment by Stef of Western suburbs — March 3, 2014 @ 2:39 pm

  23. saasso governing council inductions should have been mandatory long before this!

    Comment by Lou — March 3, 2014 @ 2:39 pm

  24. SAASSO when you are picking people to be on these boards don’t forget north of Adelaide.

    Comment by Torry — March 3, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

  25. Jennifer Rankine is worrying about premium food and wine while teachers are downloading child pornography. Shameful Labor.

    Comment by Annie P — March 3, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

  26. Rankines signature but weatherills fingerprints all over this letter

    Comment by M.E — March 3, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

  27. How do labor explain that we have never had funded training for governing councils? They waste so much money on crap but when it comes to parents they are tapped and are we expected to pay for ourselves? Parents knowing their rights will make the education department stand up and take notice.

    Comment by Lindy of adelaide — March 3, 2014 @ 2:46 pm

  28. Hopefully the liberals will support your other submissions. Dyslexia and special needs are sorely needed.

    Comment by Kerry of Greenwith — March 3, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

  29. The teachers registration board should be all parents.

    Comment by Amanda D — March 3, 2014 @ 2:59 pm

  30. Our principal bags SAASSO at every meeting. I can’t wait for first SAASSO induction.

    Comment by Sal of netley — March 3, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

  31. Rankine has done the impossible … She has made portholesi look good.

    Comment by Craig — March 3, 2014 @ 3:05 pm

  32. Weak weak weak rankine.

    Comment by JT — March 3, 2014 @ 3:07 pm

  33. Jay if you were a real leader you would be ashamed of this letter from rankine and immediately write a real response to parents.

    Comment by K.T — March 3, 2014 @ 3:10 pm

  34. Let’s just pray the libs actually do all of this when they get in….

    Comment by Con A — March 3, 2014 @ 3:32 pm

  35. The liberals offered more than they were asked and labor served up nothing. Says it all.

    Comment by Issac — March 3, 2014 @ 3:35 pm

  36. Jennifer Rankine where do you get the nerve to refuse to answer parents questions when you are the education minister. You should be ashamed of yourself. Ive voted labor in every election since 1983 but not this time.

    Comment by Sarah in Steph Keys seat — March 3, 2014 @ 3:52 pm

  37. Another complaints panel – how much will that cost. If parents spent less time complaining about every little thing and more times disiplining their kids maybe teachers could teach.

    Comment by Jas — March 3, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

  38. The liberals may wish they had never written this letter. The reports in the media are the tip of the iceberg. If they open up all the corruption in the education department they will still be cleaning it out at the next election.

    Comment by Tom — March 3, 2014 @ 4:05 pm

  39. *Karina* this government doesnt think there is anything north of gawler. they dont win any seats out of adelaide so they dont care.

    Comment by Lynn — March 3, 2014 @ 4:28 pm

  40. Well done SAASSO and well done Marshall. You have a genuine opportunity to improve our children’s education.

    Comment by Kate — March 3, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

  41. You need to go rankine. Wright now.

    Comment by Resident if wright — March 3, 2014 @ 5:12 pm

  42. A lot of people on here are unhappy with the department, but they can only what the politicians tell them. If the bosses tell you to keep the lid on that’s what you do.

    Comment by Debbie — March 3, 2014 @ 5:41 pm

  43. Good to see we will have balance on boards instead of Union reps and principals wall to wall.

    Comment by B.C. — March 3, 2014 @ 6:07 pm

  44. Real consultation with parents is the right idea. And it should happen through SAASSO. You communicate with us (school councils) and we will communicate with parents. Leave the department out if it. Every time there is consultation at our school, the principal has a staff meeting and then we ( the volunteers) are told to agree with whatever they come up with. None of our ideas are ever included.

    Comment by Carrie — March 3, 2014 @ 6:18 pm

  45. The Aeu will never let this liberal letter happen.

    Comment by Sean — March 3, 2014 @ 6:26 pm

  46. Having SAASSO abale to lodge complaints on behalf of parents will revolutionise education. You ARE going to be busy!

    Comment by Mike — March 3, 2014 @ 6:50 pm

  47. Parents deserve better than a press release minister rankine.

    Comment by K. Bam ford — March 3, 2014 @ 8:03 pm

  48. The pledges made by Marshall are all sound (though I pity the parents forced on the rest of the teachers board) but greater transparency only brings problems to light. Ultimately it all comes down to the wrong personnel and until some breaks the stranglehold the AEU and PSA have on our education system, nothing will improve. Teachers should be dismissed, not transferred, when they download child pornography set school. And bureaucrats who cover-up and provide false information to the public should be fired, not counselled. Transparency without accountability will not achieve any noticeable improvement in our public education system.

    Comment by Rob S — March 3, 2014 @ 8:33 pm

  49. Anyone who has dealt with decd won’t be surprised by rankines letter.

    Comment by Gina — March 3, 2014 @ 9:34 pm

  50. How is Jennifer Rankine allowed to ignore reasonable questions from the parent group?

    Comment by Meagan — March 3, 2014 @ 9:39 pm

  51. Gutsy move by marshall. ahead in the polls and still makes 3 pages of promises to parents. No way he can back out now.

    Comment by Max of melrose — March 3, 2014 @ 10:26 pm

  52. Who needs all this when we have jays $50 per kid??????

    Comment by Marty — March 3, 2014 @ 11:39 pm

  53. Labor I want my vote back.

    Comment by Sammy — March 4, 2014 @ 1:08 am

  54. Did the person who wrote rankines letter even bother to read saasos submissions?

    Comment by Karen — March 4, 2014 @ 1:23 am

  55. An education ombudsman is the most important step toward changing this horrid education department. I remember it was is your submission for the last election. If only labor and weatherill had been willing to consider your proposal this spectacle of the last two years would have been avoided and they would probably look set set for a comfortable win. Linking the ombudsman directly to the parent association is a stroke of genius!

    Comment by Mitchell G — March 4, 2014 @ 2:26 am

  56. Maybe we shouldn’t be in a position to keep paying rankine a salary if she is going to duck issues like is. Cowardice. Not other word for it.

    Comment by V.K. — March 4, 2014 @ 6:11 am

  57. Very poor form Ms. rankine and all those involved.

    Comment by Dean J — March 4, 2014 @ 7:32 am

  58. Good to see SAASSO standing up for dyslexic children

    Comment by Manny — March 4, 2014 @ 9:29 am

  59. Good to see common sense solutions to important problems. Well done sasso. Why are our. Why are our children forced in to school at five when they clearly aren’t ready! This once a year intake is a cost cutting measure – nothing more.

    Comment by Lee-Ann — March 4, 2014 @ 10:21 am

  60. Rankins letter reeks of defeat as people are already stating she couldn’t be in a better position to respond. Marshall has made a lot of promises and seems like he is on our side. awesome work SAASSO

    Comment by Rick — March 4, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

  61. Last one out turn off the lights labor.

    Comment by Steve T — March 4, 2014 @ 1:31 pm

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