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Monday, 2 April 2001
Page: 26119

Mr LLOYD (1:44 PM) —Recently on 23 March, together with the state minister for education, John Aquilina, I had the honour of representing Dr David Kemp, the federal Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, at the opening of new extensions to Tuggerah Public School. It was a wonderful day and something that Tuggerah Public School had looked forward to for a long time. I would like to thank the headmaster, Mr John Selwood, and the school captains, Jonathan Parsons and Rhianne Hoffman, for their wonderful welcome and for the assistance of everyone on the day. It emphasises the support that the federal government gives to state education, because the extensions cost $4,171,000, of which $3,835,000 was contributed directly by the federal government—that is, 91.4 per cent of the extensions were funded by the federal government and only eight per cent by the New South Wales government. It really makes a mockery of the attacks by the Labor opposition and the Teachers Federation on the federal government for not supporting state schools, particularly in New South Wales. Nothing could be further from the truth. The federal government continues to pour money into the state school education system. An increase of some 36 per cent or $561 million has been poured into the state education system by the federal government. (Time expired)