Bus drives funding message home

Queensland was the first stop on a bus tour spreading the fair funding message right down the east coast of Australia.

The 20-day bus tour visited selected schools in targeted federal electorates from Brisbane to Victoria, encouraging everyone it encountered to urge their local federal member and the Prime Minister to support more funding for state schools.
The Queensland leg took place from 6 February to 9 February in the target seats of Blair, Griffith, Lilley, Moreton, Petrie and Rankin.

The campaign was launched at Kelvin Grove State College, after which successful activities were staged at Bundamba State School , Goodna State School, Craigslea State School, Craigslea State High School, Wavell State High School, Beenleigh State High School, Burrowes State School, Dayboro State School and Dakabin State High School. There were also community forums at Tarrigindi and Chermside.

On the bus for the four days were the Australian Education Union President, Angelo Gavrielatos, the Queensland Teachers’ Union President, Kevin Bates, the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council of State School Organisations, Di Giblin, Senior Officers and Organisers of the QTU and a number of QTU life members, retired teachers and QTU staff.

By the end of the Queensland leg, more than 6,000 messages had been logged on the forourfuture.org.au website demanding that politicians support fair funding for state schools.

Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 117 No 2, 16 March 2012, pp8-9