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Teachers strike won't halt 'better outcomes' push

THE threat of a teacher's strike will not stop the Queensland Government pressing ahead with its proposed plans to achieve "better outcomes" across the education sector.

Mr Newman, who was responding to a question without notice in State Parliament on Thursday, said Queenslanders supported the plans for education reform.

"From the recent work on the Queensland Plan it has come through loud and clear that Queenslanders want, most of all, better outcomes in education," he said.

"There is no doubt about it.

"We have the Great Teachers = Great Results policy which is based on the advice of all the experts and is about focusing in the classroom on teacher quality and the overall effort of schools as individual learning centres.

"We are focusing on that basic building block in the education system, the school community, to improve the outcomes for our kids."

Mr Newman said he would like to see the dialogue with teachers across the state open up without union interference.

"It has always been a challenge for us to communicate directly with teachers because sadly, and I do say sincerely sadly, the teachers union are a constant force against change and reform," he said.

"They have been extremely negative."

Queensland Teachers Union president Kevin Bates said the organisation was in the process of balloting its 44,000 members with the view of taking strike action should the State Government continue with its plans.

"We know discussions are going on behind closed doors," he said.

"It takes us about five weeks to ballot members so we are doing it now so we are ready to go.

"Industrial action is a distinct possibility if they continue to go ahead with their plans without consultation."

Central to the union's concerns are proposed performance-based contracts for school principals and deputies as well as proposed changes to the teacher's performance appraisal system.

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