• Media Release

Federal Member for Newcastle Sharon Claydon and Member for Dobell Emma McBride today announced that, if elected, a Shorten Labor Government will invest $50,000 to build two parents’ rooms at the University of Newcastle.

This election is a choice between Labor’s plan for increased investment in education or bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals.

Ms Claydon said the funding would install parents’ room in the libraries of both Ourimbah and Callaghan campuses of the University.

“These rooms will provide a welcoming environment with toys for children to play with and a comfortable place to study,” Ms Claydon said.

“Some parents avoid going into a library environment for fear of disturbing others, so it’s great to be able to provide a space where they can feel at home.”

Ms McBride said Labor provided the funding to give parents the best opportunity to engage fully in higher education and attain their goals.  

“Labor is fully committed to giving every Australian the opportunity to achieve their potential,” Ms McBride said.

“It’s hard enough to take on higher education with parenting responsibilities, so everything that we can do to make it easier for students with children is a worthwhile investment.”  

This $50,000 investment is funded through Labor’s $300 million University Future Fund.

A Shorten Labor Government will also uncap university places and invest in TAFE, university and skills training.

If you want real investment in education, not more chaos – vote Labor.

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