Federal election campaign ramps up
Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 127 No 3, 14 April 2022, page no. 9
The advertising campaigns for Every School, Every Child and #RebuildWithTAFE have been launched at the Australian Education Union Federal Conference, held in Melbourne from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 April.
The campaigns will use digital and radio advertising combined with direct mailbox messaging to focus attention on how the current federal government has let state schools and TAFE down by failing to invest in fair recurrent funding and capital infrastructure, all while spending billions in federal funds on subsidising for-profit private vocational education and training companies and guaranteeing 80 per cent of the schooling resource standard (SRS) for all non-government schools (while capping federal funding for state schools at 20 per cent of the SRS).
To rub salt into public education’s wounds, the Morrison government has also created a schools infrastructure fund that only non-government schools have access to.
The advertising campaign will complement member discussions in workplaces led by QTU Organisers and Union Reps about why we need a change in government.
The 2022 QTU Labour Day celebrations will also feature a focus on our two campaigns. You can support the campaign directly by signing up as a supporter by scanning the two QR codes below and by joining us to celebrate Labour Day across the state at one of the many celebrations.
At the time of writing, the Morrison Government was on the verge of calling the federal election, with Saturday 21 May being the latest possible date.
Do we want change in the way our schools are funded, in the physical environments in which we teach? Do we want a TAFE system restored as a true pathway offering students access to quality skills. Do we need training that is centered around the economic and social needs of our communities and not profits for shareholders? Then we need a change of government at the 2022 federal election.