I note the Member for Richmond Justine Elliot is still using her taxpayer-funded entitlement to mislead your readers. Her latest advertisement of the 6th of April accuses the Australian Government of “cutting $30 billion from our schools”. Readers should be told the truth – the cuts Ms Elliot refers to are from a 2013 election promise by Labor that was never funded and incidentally is still not funded under any of Labor’s current policies. Under the current Government from 2014-2017, total funding to government schools in NSW has been $7.2 billion, an increase of 43.7% over this period. This is the second biggest funding increase to government schools in Australia. The 81 schools in Richmond saw a 28% increase in Commonwealth recurrent funding during this period, a $438.6 million investment. Total Commonwealth funding to government schools in New South Wales will increase by $562.9 million by 2019-20, a 31.9% increase from 2015-16, and there will be a 21.3% increase for non-government schools.
In response to Ms. Elliot’s claim that “you can’t trust the Liberals and Nationals on education”, I say you can’t trust her to give you the indisputable facts.
Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond
The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams says he is shocked at the extent of damage caused by the flooding in Murwillumbah, particularly the impact on the industrial estate in South Murwillumbah.
The Byron Bay Red Devils are a step closer to getting new gymnasium equipment.
At the 2016 Federal election, the Minister for Regional Development Senator Fiona Nash and Nationals candidate for Richmond Matthew Fraser committed $10,000 to the rugby league club for new equipment for its gymnasium.
The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams said a Deed of Agreement has now been signed which paves the way for the Club to start purchasing the equipment.
The President of the Red Devils David Garsed said it will be a huge boost for his Club and its members and thanked the Nationals for this
A young dentistry student who has an ambition to practice in regional areas when fully qualified is the recipient of the 2017 NSW Regional Dentistry Scholarship.
Casey Hogben of Korora near Coffs Harbour has been named as the successful applicant for the scholarship which is sponsored for the eighth successive year by the Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams and is administered by the National Rural Health Alliance.
Since 2010 Senator Williams has provided $4,800 annually to a commencing dentistry student to assist in their first year studies.