The LNP has an unwavering focus on student outcomes and teacher quality. Under an LNP Government, student results improved, state school enrollments increased, and our schools were in a great place.
Here are the facts of which we are very proud:
When we left office in 2015, there were more school support staff employed than when we began in 2012. In fact, after our 3-year term, Education was the largest Department in Government. Each year, we delivered record Education budgets and committed an extra $600 million in addition to the Federal Government’s Gonski funding.
During our term, we worked collaboratively with teachers, principals and the Queensland Teachers Union (QTU), leading to a wage deal that had no threat of strike action – quite the contrary to last year’s teacher strikes against the Labor Government. Here in Bundaberg, I regularly meet with our local QTU representatives, including Allan Cook before his retirement, and our meetings are productive and beneficial.
The LNP made no decision to put school leaders on contracts – this was work of the previous Labor Government. This Labor Government is also threatening to axe the Independent Public Schools Program (IPS) which the LNP has committed to continue. Here in Bundaberg we have three IPS schools – Bundaberg North High and Kepnock State High Schools and Branyan Road State School. IPS principals have greater control over resources, more decision-making capacity and the ability to establish locally tailored programs run by specialist teachers.
In the 20 years leading up to 2012, Labor closed 140 schools – an average of 7 per year. In our 3-year term, we closed 6 schools – an average of 2 per year.
If we are privileged to win Government in October, we have committed to no new taxes, no asset sales, no forced redundancies in the public sector and we have a great plan for Education. During this term education has been a priority for me and I have secured funding to air condition every state school classroom in Bundaberg, build a drop and go zone at Walkervale and have continued to fight for flashing school zone signs. We stand by our record and our plan to build a better Bundaberg and Queensland.
David Batt MP
State Member for Bundaberg