Canberra Report: End uncertainty for Hunter families

Labor has recently launched its national campaign calling on the Turnbull Government to properly fund our preschools and end the uncertainty for families in the Hunter electorate.

The Turnbull Government’s lack of support for preschools means families and staff in the Hunter can’t plan for the future.

With funding due to expire at the end of next year, 2370 children in the Hunter electorate are left in limbo.

There are around 350,000 children across Australia who access preschool each year who rely on this funding.

Instead, year after year the Turnbull Government only begrudgingly roll over one year of stop-gap funding to preschools, creating massive uncertainty not only for families but right across the sector.

That is why Labor has launched our Fund Our Preschools campaign, including a petition, calling on the Turnbull Government to commit long-term funding for universal access to preschool.

Since the first agreement was signed by Labor in 2008, preschool enrolment has increased from 77 per cent to almost 93 per cent.

There is no doubt that access to four year old preschool gives our children the best head start to school and for life.

The government know this and yet won’t commit to long-term funding despite being in office since 2013.Their priorities are all wrong. They would rather give a $65 billion handout to big business and the banks. This is not good enough for the future of our children.

The Turnbull Government needs to stop making excuses, commit long-term funding in the budget next month, and provide funding certainty for our preschools in the Hunter.

VOLUNTEER AWARDS

I remind people that nominations are officially open for the Hunter Volunteer Awards I’m hosting in conjunction with National Volunteers Week to recognise the immense value of our volunteers in the Hunter. I'm calling on community members to submit a nomination for individuals they believe deserve acknowledgment for their contribution as a volunteer.

This years’ National Volunteer Week theme - Give a little. Change a lot - represents the millions of volunteers who make a profound impact in their communities and on society, through giving a little time.

Nominating someone only takes a few minutes and is a great way to say thank you for their contribution. Visit www.joelfitzgibbon.com/volunteer_awards to submit a nomination or visit my office at 3 Edward Street, Cessnock to pick up a nomination form. Nominations close Monday 21 May 2018.


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