Students in our local schools deserve the best education they can possibly get, and governments should always pursue this goal.

Sadly, high school completion rates in the region have barely moved during the term of the current Government and the TAFE system, which should help to equip people with the skills they need to respond to a dynamic and changing economy is suffering under the weight of staff cuts and campus closures, like at Dapto.

Securing the support that our local education system needs – from early childhood learning through to tertiary education – is an essential part of providing our children with the best possible opportunities, but also in helping to developing innovative and creative solutions that will help us navigate our future.