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South-West Sydney Education Forum

March 22, 2019

“Investing in education means investing in the future of our children and in the future of our nation. A Shorten Labor Government will deliver the biggest investment in public schools in Australian history, so every child gets the fair go they deserve.” Chris Hayes MP

More than 160 people packed the Opal Room at Cabra-Vale Diggers Club last night to attend the South-West Sydney Education Forum hosted by Chris Hayes MP, the Federal Member for Fowler and Anne Stanley MP, Member for Werriwa.

The importance of education in the local community was discussed by local principals, teachers, parents and community leaders, who were also informed of Labor’s commitment to public schools, universities and TAFE, as well as community language schools and programs such as Swim Smart and the National Principals’ Academy.

The evening was attended by special guest Tanya Plibersek MP, Deputy Leader of the Federal Opposition, Shadow Minister for Education and Training, Shadow Minister for Women, Member for Sydney, who delivered an impassioned address about Labor’s Fair Go for School’s policy and the scientific and evidence-based approach to Labor’s education funding model.

It was also an opportunity for community members to raise issues they face as parents and educators, and their personal experiences with the detrimental effects of funding cuts to public schools, community language schools and special needs education programs, which are vital for the development and growth of all children.

“Public Schools are at the heart of our education system and I know that for such a multicultural community like Fowler, the people in our electorates are aspiring to create a better life for their families and for their children. That’s why Labor has announced that Public Schools in our community will receive an additional $27, 690, 000.”

“A Labor Shorten Government wants to invest $10 billion into universities over the next decade. This investment will surely mean that our children will grow up to have greater opportunities to reach their full potential, no matter their choice of profession.”

“A Shorten Labor Government will waive upfront fees for 100,000 students to attend TAFE. This means that no matter your circumstances, you still have a chance to attain the skills to get you into the workforce and help our nation thrive.”