THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR LEICHHARDT
LABOR WILL DELIVER NEW SHADE SAIL FOR CAIRNS WEST STATE SCHOOL
A Shorten Labor Government will deliver a new $35,000 shade sail for Cairns West State School.
The Deputy Labor Leader, Tanya Plibersek, said the school was forced to take down their shade sail after its support tree was badly damaged by a cyclone.
“Since then, the school has been unable to afford a replacement – leaving kids without much needed sun protection,” Ms Plibersek said.
“Today’s announcement comes on top of the extra $1.28 million we will deliver for teaching and learning at Cairns West State School in the first three years of a Labor Government.
“Labor can afford to invest in local schools because unlike Warren Entsch and the Liberals we are not giving handouts to the top end of town,” Ms Plibersek said.
Labor’s Candidate for Leichhardt, Elida Faith, said that Far North Queensland has some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.
“We need to do everything we can to make sure our kids are sun safe at home and at school,” Ms Faith said.
“As a local mum, I know that our kids need both good teaching and good facilities to make sure they are learning well.
“I want the kids at Cairns West to be able to play safely and enjoy their school experience.
“Labor believes that all kids, no matter their postcode or what school they go to, deserve a quality education.
“That’s why Leichhardt schools will get an extra $33.8 million funding in the first three years of a Labor Government alone.
“The additional funding will mean more one on one attention, more help with the basics, and more subject choice.
“It will mean a better chance for kids who are struggling to get the help they need to catch up, and more opportunities for gifted kids to extend themselves.
“All our local schools have had from Scott Morrison and Warren Entsch are cuts,” Ms Faith said.
TUESDAY 12 MARCH 2019