Education the key to thriving regions
The economy is changing. Our traditional industries of agriculture, viticulture and forestry are adapting to a changed climate, increasing mechanisation and global economic trends. At the same time, other industries are growing.
We already know our region has critical shortages of allied and mental health professionals. Demand for disability, child and aged care is increasing every year. Local manufacturing and renewable energy offer huge opportunities. But in regional Australia, our chances to access education and training are often limited. As a result, our education levels lag behind those of our city cousins.
We need better opportunities to gain the skills needed for our region to thrive.
Read my education issue paper.
Speeches and media
Tertiary sector reforms unlock regional education potential [June 21, 2020]
Education reform should feed ambition and optimism [June 18, 2020]
Coalition ignores regional skills and jobs in new commission [June 10, 2020]
Federal-state childcare wars risk community services [May 15, 2020]
Dark Emu wings to local schools [February 25, 2020]
Vocational training needs more work [February 24, 2020]