With Steven Miles MP
The Turnbull Government is dragging its heels on approving the nation building Petrie University proposal that will see hundreds of kids get a university education closer to home.
Queensland Health Minister and Member for Murrumba Steven Miles said that Queensland's Labor members, state and federal, would stand together to fight the Turnbull cuts.
"Labor will always fight for a better education for our kids.
"Peter Dutton thinks that's juvenile. (Pine Rivers Press 18 January) "There’s nothing juvenile about demanding kids who grow up around here have the same education opportunities as other regions.
"Fighting for our communities is exactly what politicians should do. It’s a shame Dutton can’t or won't stand up to his leader Malcolm Turnbull on this important issue.
"And trying to blame the state is pretty outrageous considering university funding is a federal responsibility.
"The Palaszczuk Government has expedited planning approvals and provided a multimillion dollar land swap to make sure the Petrie University can take students by 2020.
"We've done our bit to make this vital project a reality, all that's standing in the way is Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull."
Mr Miles encouraged people to go to www.stevenmiles.com/savepetrieuni to sign a petition to show their support for the university.
Shadow Assistant Minister for Universities, Terri Butler MP, said that the Turnbull Government have made it clear that their priority is big business and not our children's education.
"Mr Turnbull and Mr Dutton are willing to give big corporations a $65 billion tax cut while at the same time standing in the way of nation building infrastructure such as the Petrie University.
"This is in addition to the $2.2 billion worth of cuts that the Turnbull Government announced late last year, and the legislation currently before parliament to abolish the Education Investment Fund.
"Universities Australia estimated that these cuts will mean 10,000 people could miss out on a uni place this year.
"What kind of Prime Minister wants to make it easier for big business to pay less tax, but harder for people to go to uni?
"Labor threw open the doors to uni, the Liberals have slammed them shut."
TUESDAY, 23 JANUARY 2018