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Malcolm Turnbull was in Emu Plains west of Sydney talking up the academic and business credentials of Lindsay MP Fiona Scott, whom his predecessor controversially described as having “a bit of sex appeal”. Mr Turnbull met with a women’s business forum to talk jobs, growth and the Coalition’s scheme to tackle youth unemployment alongside Ms Scott and federal education minister Simon Birmingham.
Bill Shorten was still in Townsville, Queensland, announcing an extra $4.5 million for ‘targeted teaching’ through which teachers establish a child’s stage of learning and then pitch their teaching appropriately. Mr Shorten argues that Australian trials show targeted teaching has the potential to improve the proportion of students meeting early primary learning benchmarks in disadvantaged schools by up to 20 per cent.
While Richared Di Natale was again talking up power-sharing deals in a hung parliament, Greens MP Adam Bandt was in Melbourne at a student rally against higher university tuition fees. He talked up his own effigy-burning days and lamented his own $12,000 student loan. Urging the crowd to continue fighting proposed student loan increases, Mr Bandt said of his own protest efforts “The banner was ‘Stop the Labor loans scheme’. We couldn’t do it, I’m sorry.” The Greens advocate free university education for all Australians.
Bill Shorten was at the Cowboys and another Townsville state school, again selling the message this will be the education election and emphasising the differences in school funding policy between the major parties.
Malcolm Turnbull was in Brisbane for a second day, this time championing technology and innovation as he admired the robotics used at Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital in Chermside.
Richard Di Natale was embroiled in talks of preference deals and alliances with the major parties, but there was nothing from the Greens’ leader on education.
Malcolm Turnbull was in the marginal seat of Petrie, southern Queensland, talking about his plan to tackle youth unemployment. The Jobs Youth Path scheme will allocate $1,000 to businesses which take on young unemployed people as interns for up to 12 weeks, and a further payment of between $6,500 and $10,000 if they hire them full-time. Interns will receive $100 a week on top of their welfare payments.
Bill Shorten was in Cairns, north Queensland, announcing teacher scholarships alongside Indigenous senator Patrick Dodson as part of a $100 million Gonski-funded commitment to improved Indigenous education. The 400 Indigenous teacher scholarships will be funded through a new allocation of $4.8 million.
Richard Di Natale had nothing to offer on education directly, but was talking about climate change and asylum seeker policy in Anthony Albanese’s inner western Sydney seat of Grayndler.