Ferguson under fire over school letters

THE Greens have called for state Liberal education spokesman Michael Ferguson to relinquish the portfolio.

Greens Bass MHA Paul O'Hallaron said yesterday that Mr Ferguson should step aside for running a "deliberate and false" school closure scare campaign.

Mr O'Hallaron said he has fielded calls from outraged regional school representatives about the Liberal claims that schools would closed if Labor and the Greens are re-elected.

He said Mr Ferguson sent a letters to schools to point out that it would be shut down due to a lack of students required under the state government's guidelines.

"Let me state this one more time very clearly, the Greens did not force any schools to close, do not support any forced school closures now, and will not support the forced closure of any Tasmanian school after March 15," Mr O'Halloran said.

"It is scurrilous and contemptible to deliberately attempt to stir up fear and uncertainty in our school communities, based on blatant lies, to exploit for personal political gain as Mr Ferguson is now exposed as doing.

"My office has heard from King Island, Flinders Island and the East Coast by members of outraged school communities who cannot believe that the Liberals think they can be treated as fools and taken for a ride like this.

Mr Ferguson said the Labor- Green cabinet accepted a recommendation in 2012 that every Tasmanian school must have a set minimum number of students in order to stay open when Greens leader Nick McKim was education minister.

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