Pledge to air-condition state schools
LNP will air-condition every state school classroom in Queensland if elected in 2020.
Queensland Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington announced the plan during her budget reply speech in State Parliament yesterday.
She said Queensland kids and teachers had been suffering in hot classrooms for too long.
“Currently there are children and teachers sweltering in classrooms with no air-conditioning,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Last year, Gatton hit 45.7 degrees Celsius, Dalby hit 43, Warwick hit 42.2, Toowoomba hit 40.8 and in January Brisbane’s maximum temperature was 37.5 degrees.
“As a part of our education plan, we will air-condition every classroom in Queensland so our children have the best possible chance at learning.”
Ms Frecklington said the plan would lead to better student results and a more comfortable working environment.
“Last year we had the hottest year on record across Queensland with many communities in South-east Queensland recording their highest temperatures ever,” she said.
“This is why I will deliver air-conditioning to classrooms in every state school in Queensland so our children have the best chance to learn.”
But Education Minister Grace Grace said the LNP was doing an about-face.
“Deb Frecklington promised that she would air-condition all Queensland classrooms, if she were the Premier,” Ms Grace said.
“But within minutes of leav ing the Chamber, she tweeted that her promise only applied to state schools.
“What a slap in the face to the students, teachers and staff in our Independent and Catholic schools across the state.”
Ms Grace called into question how the LNP would fund the program, saying the party rejected any proposal to aircondition all schools when they were in government.
“At the time, then-Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said there was ‘limited money’,” she said.