The Clugg Family
Mr Tyson Clugg.
I will be looking closely at education policies in the lead up to the next federal and state elections, I trust that you will too!
The Abbott Government has extended the national partnership arrangements that were due to expire on 31 December 2014 for a further 12 months, giving parents and educators certainty over kinder funding for 2015. The Assistant Minister for Education, Sussan Ley MP, is quoted as saying "This $406 million extension of national partnership arrangements gives us time to carefully consider future policies without unnecessarily impeding parents and preschools looking for certainty next year" on a media release on her website.I commend Ms Ley and other members of her party for extending funding to cover next year. However, I am deeply concerned by federal government manoeuvres towards dropping funding entirely and instead forcing the states to pick up the tab on preschool funding as suggested by the draft recommendations of the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Child Care and Early Learning. I can only hope that Ms Ley is able to convince her fellow party members that educating our children is of the utmost importance in order to ensure our country remains prosperous and largely free of crime and neglect.
PETITION TO THE AUSTRALIAN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR 15 HOURS OF KINDER
The Federal Government agreement that ensures all Australian children have access to 15 hours of kinder per week terminates on 31 December 2014, but…
The Federal Government HAS NOT committed to funding kinders for 2015 and beyond!
The petition of Australian Citizens calls upon the House of Representatives to:
Urgently commit to continue federal funding that ensures access to 15 hours of kindergarten per week for all Australian preschool children in the year before school beyond 31 December 2014.
Download the petition, print it out and start collecting signatures NOW!