Back to school

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

THOUSANDS of kids started a new school year across Aus­tralia this week.

While it’s a big week for stu­dents, many par­ents are also un­der the pump as they are faced with the ev­er­in­creas­ing cost of get­ting their chil­dren ready for school.

While the cost of ev­ery­thing seems to go up, wages have not.

It’s why par­ents want their school to have enough money to ed­u­cate their kids prop­erly.

It mat­ters ev­ery­where, but par­tic­u­larly in re­gional Aus­tralia where the lat­est re­search shows there is an in­creas­ing gap be­tween city schools and those in re­gional ar­eas.

All Aus­tralian kids de­serve a fair go, re­gard­less of where they live.

That’s why a Shorten La­bor Govern­ment will pro­vide an ex­tra $14 bil­lion for pub­lic schools to de­liver the big­gest school in­vest­ment in Aus­tralian his­tory. The Na­tional Party – in fact all re­gional MPs and Sen­a­tors should back this com­mit­ment. Maybe they could even match it.

If our kids are go­ing to have a chance to have a good life with a de­cent job they need a good ed­u­ca­tion and the money we spend on this is an in­vest­ment in their fu­ture.

— Stephen Jones, Shadow Min­is­ter for Re­gional Ser­vices

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