PM visit

Turn­bull tours the re­gion

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Words: Tayler Neale Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Mal­colm Turn­bull fielded a va­ri­ety of ques­tions on lo­cal education is­sues from Al­bany Se­nior High School Year 12 stu­dents as the Prime Min­is­ter made a whirl­wind stop in Al­bany on Thurs­day.

Stu­dents raised con­cerns about the high re­lo­ca­tion costs for re­gional stu­dents con­sid­er­ing tak­ing up ter­tiary stud­ies, along with a dis­par­ity in education in­fra­struc­ture com­pared with tech­nol­ogy im­prove­ments.

Mr Turn­bull ac­knowl­edged the ex­tra costs as­so­ci­ated with ru­ral stu­dents at­tend­ing univer­sity.

“We’re very keenly aware of it and ob­vi­ously Rick (Wil­son) and other re­gional MPs who are rep­re­sent­ing re­gional Aus­tralia are aware of it,” he said. “So it’s some­thing we of­ten fo­cus on and in­crease sup­port (for) and I’m sure we’ll con­tinue to do so.

“But we’re very aware of the chal­lenges you’ll face.”

Mr Turn­bull made no ma­jor fund­ing an­nounce­ments while in town as he was shown around ASHS and given a tour of the Na­tional An­zac Cen­tre be­fore at­tend­ing a civic re­cep­tion at Cen­ten­nial Sta­dium.

With the State Gov­ern­ment re­cently in­vest­ing $19.5 mil­lion in a wave en­ergy farm near Al­bany, the Prime Min­is­ter in­di­cated the Com­mon­wealth had sup­ported wave en­ergy be­fore.

“The Com­mon­wealth has put money into wave tech­nol­ogy in the past,” he said

“We have both the clean en­ergy fi­nance cor­po­ra­tion which in­vests in clean en­ergy projects, and we have ARENA for the more in­no­va­tive end of the spec­trum.

“They’ll be mak­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion to ARENA or Clean En­ergy Fi­nance Cor­po­ra­tion.”

Mr Turn­bull said ASHS fund­ing per stu­dent would dou­ble in the com­ing decade.

“We’ve been to ASHS and what an in­spir­ing group of young peo­ple they were,” he said.

“The bright­est blaz­ers and even brighter minds.

“I’m thrilled to see them and be able to say to them be­cause of the school fund­ing re­forms that we’ve re­cently passed, Western Aus­tralia will no longer be get­ting the raw deal it had un­der the La­bor gov­ern­ment.”

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son Al­bany Ad­ver­tiser

Prime Min­is­ter of Aus­tralia Mal­colm Turn­bull at ASHS.

Mal­colm Turn­bull with City of Al­bany Deputy Mayor Greg Stocks, Mem­ber for O'Con­nor Rick Wil­son and prin­ci­pal of ASHS Jenny Firth.

Prime Min­is­ter of Aus­tralia Mal­colm Turn­bull.

Ni­cole Van­der­linde with her nephew Bryce Hordyk, 2, and Mal­colm Turn­bull and Rick Wil­son.

Mal­colm Turn­bull with a group of Year 12 ASHS stu­dents.

Pro­test­ers at the Prime Min­is­ter's visit.

The City of Al­bany Mayor Den­nis Welling­ton is in­tro­duced to Mal­colm Turn­bull.

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