Standing up for Canberra

St Mary Mackillop welcomes new Trade Training Centre

Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann was joined by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for School Education Peter Garrett to officially open the Trade Training Centre at St Mary Mackillop College in Isabella Plains today.

Ms Brodtmann said the Gillard Government has provided $5.7 million for the Canberra Region Pathways Trade Training Centre at St Mary Mackillop College, and it was a pleasure to be at today’s ceremony.

“This centre will be a wonderful facility for secondary students at St Mary Mackillop as well as those from Merici College, St Clare’s College and St Francis Xavier College,” said Ms Brodtmann.

“Students will now be able to gain qualifications in construction, hospitality and manufacturing while they complete Year 12 and prepare to enter the workforce.

“The centre will help address skill shortages in Canberra, boost national productivity and give our young people rewarding career options as they advance through high school,” said Ms Brodtmann.

Ms Brodtmann said Canberra families have also been big winners this week with the passage of legislation to means-test the private health insurance rebate.

“This is a landmark reform being brought about by a Labor government committed to improving the lives of working people and creating greater fairness for them and their families.

“For too long low and middle income families have been subsidising the private health insurance of those on high incomes. This legislation will save taxpayers $2.4 billion over the next three years.”

Ms Brodtmann said the health insurance legislation passing through Parliament was a sign the Government was getting on with the job of keeping the economy strong.

“We are doing what needs to be done. We are reining in unsustainable spending and ensuring the Australian economy remains the envy of the world,” said Ms Brodtmann.

In a big week for the Member for Canberra, Ms Brodtmann also made a visit to Narrabundah College with Minister Garrett to welcome students back for the 2012 school year.

“At Narrabundah College it was great to see how the school is utilising classrooms that were upgraded with almost $200,000 from the Government’s Building the Education Revolution fund.

“We also saw the new computers that every student has access to at Narrabundah College. And I’m pleased to say the Government has actually exceeded its target of providing a computer for every secondary student in the ACT, delivering on a key election promise.

“The computer rollout is transforming the way students learn, enabling them to work autonomously and develop the skills they need to go on to higher education, into a trade or eneter the workforce.”

Ms Brodtmann said the Gonski Review of Funding for Schooling would also be released on Monday along with the Government’s initial response.

“This is the first comprehensive review of school funding in more than 30 years and I’m looking forward to talking to local schools about how we can make sure future funding models are transparent, accountable, and help improve the quality of our schools,” Ms Brodtmann said.