Pledge to air-con­di­tion state schools

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS -

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.

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