LNP policy lifts the tax rebate
THE Liberal National Party (LNP) has announced its Education, Apprenticeship and Sport policy.
LNP endorsed candidate for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said the policy, which would increase to the education tax rebate to $500 per primary student and $1000 per secondary student, will go along way to relieve the cost of education.
He said that he was particularly pleased that the LNP's policy would cover sporting and physical activity.
A research report by the University of South Australia found a correlation between sports participation and family income. The study found that junior sport was dominated by families with white collar occupations.
“Many families struggle to pay for sporting club registration as well as boots, swimming goggles, ballet shoes and other equipment,” Mr O'Dowd said.
“Children with talent are being priced out of sport and physical activity.
“This policy will make it possible for more children to play in their local competition and will have the advantage of getting kids to adopt healthier lifestyles rather than sitting in front of a computer screen, TV or PlayStation.”
He said that all local sporting clubs would welcome this proposal because it would increase their membership.
Mr O'Dowd said the LNP wanted Australian children to lead active, healthy lives.
In addition to Labor's current proposal, the LNP would expand eligible expenses to not only include school sporting fees and equipment but school fees (both government and non-government); school camps; special education for children with disabilities; extra-curricular activities such as music, dance or drama; tutoring; musical instruments needed for lessons and school photos.
“This policy has a dual financial and health benefit and should be embraced,” Mr O'Dowd said.