LNP candidate for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd, has welcomed the Coalition’s Education Apprenticeship and Sport policy.
“The Coalition’s increase to the education tax rebate of up to $500 per primary student and $1000 per secondary student will go a long way to relieve the cost of education,” he said.
Mr O’Dowd said he was particularly pleased the Coalition’s policy would cover sporting and physical activity.
A research report by the University of South Australia found a correlation between sports participation and family income. The study found that junior sport was predominated by families with white collar occupations.
“Many families struggle to pay for sporting club registration as well as boots, swimming goggles, ballet shoes and other equipment,” Mr O’Dowd said.
“Children with talent are being priced out of sport and physical activity.
“This policy will make it possible for more children to play in their local competition and will have the advantage of getting kids to adopt healthier lifestyles rather than sitting in front of a computer screen, TV or playstation.”
He said all local sporting clubs would welcome this proposal because it would increase their membership.
“We want Australian children to lead active, healthy lives, and the Coalition’s proposal means families can get their kids off the couch and on to the sporting fields,” Mr O’Dowd said.
“When parents compare Labor’s policy with the Coalition’s they’ll see a huge difference.”
In addition to Labor’s current proposal, the Coalition has expanded eligible expenses to not only include school sporting fees and equipment but school fees (both government and non-government), school camps, special education for children with disabilities, extra-curricular activities such as music, dance or drama, tutoring, musical instruments needed for lessons and school photos.
“This policy has a dual financial and health benefit and should be embraced,” said Mr O’Dowd.
“This policy has a dual financial and health benefit and should be embraced.”
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