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Students swelter as Labor turns down air-con demands

8th November 2019

As the temperature gauge nudges 40 degrees in parts of southeast Queensland today, many students and teachers are sweltering without air-conditioning to keep state classrooms cool.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the stifling conditions were no place for kids to learn and staff to teach.

“The LNP knows that cool kids are smart kids and teachers deserve to work in modern conditions,” Ms Frecklington said.

“It’s hitting 39 degrees in Ipswich and 38 in Gympie, but Annastacia Palaszczuk doesn’t think all public schools in those regions deserve air-con.

“Classrooms in Brisbane are roasting in 37-degree heat and that makes it really hard for our kids to concentrate.

“While some regions have air-conditioning, Annastacia Palaszczuk has rejected demands for air-con in Brisbane, on the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Gympie and Darling Downs.”

Ms Frecklington announced the LNP’s plan to air-condition every state school classroom in Queensland in June 2018.

“Air-conditioning every state school classroom is a big investment, but I think our teachers and kids are worth it,” she said.

“Hard-working P&Cs shouldn’t have to raise funds themselves to pay for air-conditioning in state classrooms.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to stop playing favourites and commit to air-conditioning every state school classroom.”

Ms Frecklington said the LNP’s plan for education would also include de-cluttering the curriculum, allowing teachers to focus on the core skills of reading, writing and maths.