Labor announces education as priority at two Catholic schools

OLQP Principal Michael Hopley with Chris Bowen, Bill Shorten and Sue Walsh
OLQP Principal Michael Hopley with Chris Bowen, Bill Shorten and Sue Walsh


A number of prominent Labor leaders have recently visited school communities in the Diocese of Parramatta.

On Thursday 31 March 2015, Corpus Christi Primary, Cranebrook welcomed Shadow Minister for Education Kate Ellis and Labor Candidate for Lindsay Emma Husar to tour the school and speak with parents.

On Friday 1 April 2015, Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary, Greystanes opened their doors to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Federal Minister for McMahon and Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen who sat with a Kindergarten class before giving a press conference.

Kate Ellis, Kate Husar and Sue Walsh
Kate Ellis, Kate Husar and Sue Walsh


During the visits, Bill Shorten announced Labor’s commitment to Gonski funding.

‘Labor will fight for equal opportunity schooling, so that every child receives a quality education no matter where they live or who they are,’ Mr Shorten said. ‘Labor’s “Your Child, Our Future” will mean more individual attention for students, better trained teachers, every school, every child - Government, Independent or Catholic.’

Deputy Executive Director Sue Walsh spoke about the importance of funding for all students.

‘It is critical for schools to have certainty around funding so they can plan effectively for the needs of each student,’ Sue said. ‘In Parramatta we believe that ‘diversity is the norm’ and there is a great diversity of need within and across schools.’

‘We need to ensure that every child has the best educational opportunities available to them, this starts with committed funding that is used in the most effective way,’ she said.