Candidate promises more funding for our schools
LABOR candidate for Flynn, Zac Beers says schools in the South Burnett will be better off if Labor is voted in at 2020 federal election.
Mr Beers said Labor would invest an extra $14 billion of funding into public schools over the next decade as part of the Fair Go for Public Schools plan.
"The electorate of Flynn will gain an additional $27,980,000 over the first three years,” Mr Beers said.
Zac Beers said the school proposal came at a critical turning point in Central Queensland education.
"Ken O'Dowd and Scott Morrison have slashed nearly $18 million from schools in Flynn this financial year alone,” Mr Beers said.
"As a result, public education in Central Queensland is now at a crossroads, we can continue down Mr O'Dowd's path of missed opportunities or we can invest in the next generation.
"This critical funding from Labor will mean kids here will receive more individual attention, giving them the ability to compete with kids in Brisbane and other big cities.”
In reply to Mr Beers' statement, LNP federal member for Flynn, Ken O'Dowd said they were false claims.
"In this election, Labor will claim the federal government has cut funding to school education. It is another Labor lie,” Mr O'Dowd said.
"Last year alone, The Liberal and Nationals government has committed over $6.8 billion to state schools.
"This year it will be $7.3 billion. It will be $7.9 billion in 2020 and $8.6 billion in 2021.”
Mr O'Dowd said it was easy to make claims when you are not in power.
"Labor's pot of money for school funding never existed. It is based on their election promise they never had to keep,” he said.
The member for Flynn went on to question the state Labor government's current agricultural college closures.
"Why is the state Labor government closing Emerald and Longreach Agricultural College,” Mr O'Dowd said.
"Not only have they shown that they have taken a green stance against coal but now they are out against agriculture, which are two of Flynn's biggest commodities.”
According to Mr Beers, if Labor is voted in, they will substantially increase funding to the following schools in the South Burnett:
- Wondai State School - $250,000
- Proston State School - $170,000
- Tingoora State School - $50,000
- Durong South State School - $40,000
(All figures over first three years from 2020).