Independant candidate for the seat of Flynn, Craig Tomsett.
Independant candidate for the seat of Flynn, Craig Tomsett. Luka Kauzlaric

Election candidates address teachers on education reforms

AS THE election juggernaut rolled on, Gladstone teachers have met with candidates to discuss what education reforms could mean to them.

With Federal Government pressure on Campbell Newman and Tony Abbott to sign up to the Gonski educational reforms, Flynn electorate candidates were invited to address attendees at the Queensland Teachers' Union-run meeting.

Katter's Australian Party candidate Richard Love, independent Craig Tomsett and Labor candidate Chris Trevor all attended.

QTU deputy general secretary Barry Welsh said the Flynn electorate had more public schools per capita than any other electorate, and implored the Newman Government to sign up to the reforms.

Independent Candidate Craig Tomsett said he believed just throwing funding at schools was not the answer, and said that an investment in infrastructure in schools was critical in assisting regional schooling.

"Infrastructure is one of the things that will hold back the reforms of the Gonski work," he said.

"We need to make sure we have the classrooms before these reforms happen."

Key concerns

  • Improved infrastructure and facilities for schools
  • More community involvement in schooling
  • Where the money will come from to fund reforms

Want to know what the Federal Election means for Flynn? You can find a comprehensive guide to the seat of Flynn here.

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