LNP vow to keep kids cool

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - PAUL WE­STON paul.we­ston@news.com.au

THE LNP is promis­ing to pro­vide air-con­di­tion­ing in all of the Gold Coast’s state school class­rooms.

Op­po­si­tion leader Deb Freck­ling­ton in her Bud­get-in­re­ply speech in State Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day made the pledge, which fol­lows on from re­port­ing by the Bulletin last sum­mer about stressed stu­dents and teach­ers.

The Bulletin had re­vealed par­ents were pay­ing for air­con­di­tion­ing and elec­tric­ity costs to stop their chil­dren be­ing baked in state school hot­houses

One school was pay­ing $10,000 every month to cool down class­rooms with par­ents asked to help out by pay­ing $80 per sin­gle child or $100 for a fam­ily as a vol­un­tary elec­tric­ity levy.

Oth­ers were fundrais­ing more than $100,000 each to put air­con units into 39C sweat­boxes af­ter be­ing told it was the only way their kids will get cool classes.

Ms Freck­ling­ton said last year was the hottest on record in the State with tem­per­a­tures even in the south­east soar­ing to al­most 38 de­grees.

“Right now the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment only funds air­con­di­tion­ing in state schools in trop­i­cal and western Queens­land,” Ms Freck­ling­ton told Par­lia­ment.

“Well, I want air-con­di­tion­ing in every one of our state school class­rooms. We air­con­di­tion our hos­pi­tals, our pris­ons and our par­lia­ment … but we let our kids swel­ter.”

Ms Freck­ling­ton ad­mit­ted the ini­tia­tive would re­quire sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment and take time to be rolled out.

The cool class­room pro­gram got im­me­di­ate sup­port from Coast LNP MPs.

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