I was very pleased to visit one of my great local schools, Monbulk College, last week with the Leader of the Opposition. I would like to read from the school council president’s contribution to the Monbulk College News. It states:
Together with myself, Margaret Uren — who is the principal —
and the school captains, they toured the school building and grounds. We were able to provide them with an insight into the recent improvements to the school, but more importantly the areas of the school that still require updating and modernising.
I am very pleased to advise you that at the conclusion of the tour Labor have committed to providing $3 million towards the refurbishment and replacement of classrooms, to create 21st century learning spaces.
This is a terrific school, Speaker, as you may well know. It is held back by poor facilities, particularly the main building at the front of the school. Labor will make the investment to help our schools do so much more. The fact is that the Napthine government has slashed capital funding in our schools, leaving them to rot or burst at the seams — or both — in areas of growth.
It is not enough for those opposite to cut funding in half; when Labor makes commitments to schools neglected by the Napthine government, their responses are extraordinary.
When we made a commitment to rebuild Bentleigh Secondary College by replacing 1950s buildings and providing new classrooms, a technology wing and basketball courts, the response from the Liberal member for Bentleigh was that it would be a waste of money. The Bentleigh College community is appalled at these remarks.