Members Statement – Essendon Keilor College

Mr CARROLL (Niddrie) — In my inaugural speech to the Parliament on 18 April 2012 I said:

My immediate task is the implementation of the Essendon Keilor College master plan.

Since my election in March 2012 I have fought every day, both inside and outside of the Parliament, for Essendon Keilor College to be rebuilt. Unfortunately there have been four Liberal state budgets and four strikes for Essendon Keilor College. For the past four years the Napthine government has refused to rebuild the school, even when the Minister for Education has visited the school and seen its condition for himself. In fact on 6 April 2011 the minister told the Age newspaper that the conditions out at Essendon Keilor College ‘are disgusting; they are not safe for teachers, they are not good for those students’. In September 2011 more than 1600 local residents signed a petition, which was tabled in the Parliament, calling on the Napthine government to rebuild the school. Just three short months later, on 3 November 2011, the Herald Sun published a report, based on documents obtained through freedom of information, which asserted that Essendon Keilor College was the state’s most run‑down school, with 1341 items requiring attention.

It is clear that only Victorian Labor can be trusted to invest in education and rebuild Essendon Keilor College. On Sunday, 13 July, I was pleased to join the Labor Leader of the Opposition and the shadow Minister for Education at the Niddrie campus of Essendon Keilor College to announce that a future Labor government will give this school the $10 million it needs to redevelop its facilities once and for all. I call the minister to match Labor’s commitment, put education right at the centre and make Essendon Keilor College the great school it can be.

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