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The Hon Bob Baldwin MP Federal Member for Paterson 23 June 2009


In a bid to deflect the nation’s attention off a flailing Rudd Labor Government, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese MP, has today lashed out at Bob’s Farm Public School P & C.

Member for Paterson, Bob Baldwin MP, today commented that the behaviour displayed by the Minister during Question Time was unacceptable and a direct attempt to denigrate the school’s P&C.

“Bob’s Farm Public School P & C are a hard-working group that actively seek to secure the best learning conditions for their students,” Mr Baldwin said.

The Daily Telegraph reported in an article entitled ‘Millions wasted at every school’ on 5 April 2009 that;

“…At Bob's Farm Public School in the State's north, staff obtained a quote for a fully-installed, single storey dual classroom for $150,000, after learning it was eligible for a $250,000 grant.

Quoted by Australian Portable Buildings Pty Ltd, the price included air-conditioning, insulation and carpets.

However, the Education Department informed the 32-student school it would be not be permitted to proceed with the tender - and the cost of its alternative, a single modular design room, would exceed its $250,000 grant limit.”

“The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, is doing a disservice to the Australian public by spending only limited time on this significant portfolio and the effects of this are truly beginning to show,” Mr Baldwin said.

“Today’s actions by Minister Albanese during Question Time, further reiterates that the Rudd Labor Government seeks to punish any bodies, such as Bobs Farm Public School P & C, which seek value for money for their school and its students.

“At this stage, it is unclear as to whether or not Bobs Farm Public School will receive the demountable classroom, which they initially applied for. This is despite the school obtaining a quote to develop the building at cost, which is significantly less than the allocated $250 000 grant.

“My concern is that the Federal and State Labor Government’s will bar local builders who provide competitive prices and waste millions of dollars of tax payers’ dollars in the process.

“Bobs Farm Public School showed initiative in sourcing a quote, and yet the red tape caused by Labor Ministers may see the school miss out on a classroom that they deserve, at a cost that they can afford,” Mr Baldwin said.

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