Workers pledge $ 440 million for school upgrades, federal reforms, and better Medicare


Australian opposition leader Anthony Albanese has promised $ 440 million ($ 316 million) to upgrade school facilities and improve student welfare if elected Prime Minister.

Before the election speech Albanese told the National Press Club in Canberra on January 25 that the fund will provide ventilation upgrades and create an outdoor learning area to make the school safer for COVID-19.

“These children are the most vulnerable during this pandemic and deserve a government that prioritizes their protection as well as education,” he said.

National Labor leaders have promised that all schools will somehow benefit from the distribution of funds to “100% of fair funding levels.”

It will also bring more school counselors, psychologists, and outdoor and sporting activities, he said.

“Education is fundamental and essential for future work, productivity and prosperity,” says Albanese. “And education is the greatest and most powerful weapon we have against our disadvantages.”

This adds to Labor’s previous $ 1.2 billion (US $ 840 million) higher education election promise to add 465,000 free TAFE locations and 20,000 new college locations.

“Workers are always better in health and education than our enemies,” he said.

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Grade 12 will pose for media opportunities following the first HSC exam at Sydney Secondary College in Sydney, Australia on November 9, 2021. (AAP Image / Mick Tsikas)

Mr Albanese said the Australians were “great” during the COVID-19 crisis, and if he was elected, he would “reward these efforts.”

“If I succeed, the future we are aiming for will be shown to Australians by the end of the Labor Party’s first semester,” he said. “Australia’s overall standard of living is improving, lifted by safer work, better wages, stronger Medicare, and cheaper childcare.”

Federal reform, if elected, will be part of his government agenda, and Albanese promises greater cooperation between the federal and state governments.

“After decades of moving towards more national coherence, technology has helped us steadily overcome the distances of our vast continents. Recently we saw. Is a reversal of the once relentless trend, “he said. “I will change that. I will work with leaders in all states and territories to promote Australia’s common interests for the benefit of all.”

He also promised to use the insights gained from the pandemic to enhance Medicare, calling it “Australia’s proud achievements” and fixing vulnerabilities in public health systems, but more. No details provided.

“Workers have built Medicare,” he said. “Workers have always fought for Medicare, and only workers protect Medicare,” he said.

Albanese wasn’t enough to discuss the workers’ tax plans.

“number [tax] The policy is our policy until we make it happen, “he said. “It’s not our policy until we announce something. We’ll solve all those problems.”

Rebecca Chu

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Rebecca Zhu is an Australian reporter based in Sydney. She focuses on Australia’s economy, property and education. Contact her at [email protected]