There has been a complete failure to plan for growth by both the former Labor government and the current Liberal Coalition and it is not fair that children and families are suffering as a result. Over 1,000 new students will be enrolling in our schools between now and 2016/17.
I have spoken with the Minister and met with the Department of Education to highlight the urgency of this issue. I have brought together our local P&Cs to work on this issue and ensure our public schools have the best teaching environment, as well as more and affordable before and after school care.
Despite assurances from the Department that planning for growth was well underway, it wasn’t until I called a meeting of P&Cs that the Department wrote a letter to principals advising that the planning process was finally underway.
Brothers and sisters will suffer as a result of poor government planning, with siblings forced into different schools because of a failure to plan for growth. Growing up, I would have been horified if my brother and I had been separated into different schools.
I've worked hard to raise this issue in the media - you may be interested in reading the recent Sun Herald coverage here:
Enrol in less popular schools: Minister
Planning failure leaves inner city short on schools
School out of bounds for siblings
I am also standing alongside my Federal colleagues to plan for cheaper and more abundant childcare. Families need to be able to access high-quality, affordable, flexible care and that means we need to urgently increase funding for childcare.
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Authorised by Jamie Parker MP, Greens Member for Balmain,112A Glebe Pt Rd, Glebe.m