Bill Shorten has positioned education at the forefront of Labor’s election pitch.┬áThe Opposition Leader has promised an extra $1.7 billion to pre-school education.

Claudine Blondeau reports.


It’s a proposition to entice voters.

Bill Shorten announcing his government’s most significant early education reform to date.

To subsidise 600 hours of pre-school for 700,000 children, that is 15 hours per week.

Bill Shorten, Opposition Leader: “Now, more than ever, Australia needs a government with the courage to do what is right.”

And it means for the first time, the subsidy would be available to every three year old across Australia.

Bill Shorten, Opposition Leader: “These are the sort of reforms that will actually help people’s lives and set the basis for improved prosperity in Australia.”

Chris Bowen, Shadow Treasurer: “Australia’s pre-schools and parents deserve the certainty that this program will be locked in. And we will lock it in.”

But it may come at the expense to the rest of Australia.

Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister, Treasury: “The problem for Labor with any of their spendings is that they can only deliver it by ripping off millions of Australians with more and more taxes.”

But voters hold the all the cards, as to whether this ambitious reform happens.

Claudine Blondeau, QUT News.