Courtney Wilson with daughter Phoenix who goes to Clinton State School.
Courtney Wilson with daughter Phoenix who goes to Clinton State School. KERRI-ANNE MESNER

PM's uniform election promise

PARENTS with school-age children will benefit from Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s first election promise announced yesterday.

Ms Gillard announced that parents would be able to claim up to 50 per cent of uniform expenses, as well as other education costs such as textbooks and tools.

Parents in Gladstone are pleased with the announcement.

“Kids need to wear something to school, and the subsidy will really help struggling families,” said David Pirie, father of two children who attend Star of the Sea Primary.

“The school my children go to has mandatory uniforms, so every little bit we can save on education expenses is a great help.”

Courtney Wilson, whose daughter attends Clinton State School, believes the concept needs work.

“School uniforms are very pricey, especially at the start of the year when you are organising your children with books, stationery and uniforms,” she said.

“I feel sorry for larger families; I’m lucky I only have one (child). But I think it’s a great idea, it will really take the pressure off financial stresses related to education.”



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