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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release DavidHawkerMP Federal Member for Wannon

28 September 2004

A REVOLUTION IN LOCAL SCHOOL FUNDING - HAWKER

Member for Wannon - David Hawker - has described as a revolution, the Coalition’s decision to work directly with parents to restore and build new school facilities.

Mr. Hawker said school communities were best-placed to determine their own priority projects and it made sense for the government to work with them directly.

He said that regardless of the need, the Government would ask parents and principals how they wanted to improve their schools.

“Already our local schools have received over $24 million in Coalition Government financial support since 1996 to help improve their facilities,” Mr. Hawker said.

“Students, parents and teachers will be the big winners from the announcement that a future Coalition government will spend an additional $1 billion over four years on infrastructure and facilities in our schools.

“Together with the $1.5 billion that is already committed in the Federal Budget, this is a major investment in our children’s education

“An additional $700 million will be invested in high priority capital projects for state schools.

“Schools in our region can seek funding for practical improvements like better classrooms, library resources, computer facilities, air conditioning and heating, outdoor shade structures, sporting infrastructure, play equipment and floor coverings.

“I am particularly pleased that this new funding will be provided directly to schools and will not get caught up in the priorities of state education bureaucrats.”

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Mr. Hawker said parent groups in conjunction with their principals would be asked to apply for funding.

He said an additional $300 million would go to less well off Catholic and Independent schools.

“Again, the school communities themselves will set their own priorities,” Mr. Hawker said.

“Unlike Labor, the Coalition does not believe in a divisive school funding policy that provides funding for some students by taking it away from others.

“No school will have its funding cut by the Coalition.”

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