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Children in O’Connor to benefit from Universal Access

An estimated 1842 children in O’Connor will benefit from the Turnbull Government’s National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP said $840 million in federal funding will be available for quality preschool programmes across the country, and that these benefits would be felt across the electorate.

“The National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education guarantees funding for 600 hours of quality preschool in the year before school, and includes a focus on lifting participation rates for children from vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds in O’Connor,” Mr Wilson said.

“All states and territories including Western Australia have signed up to the National Partnership Agreement, which is extremely encouraging and means that the funding will flow to local preschools in O’Connor.

“This funding will help the 1962 preschool children aged between four and five who are enrolled at local preschools in O’Connor get the best start in life.”

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said that the National Partnership funding was just one aspect of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to early childhood education.

“As well as the $840 million for the National Partnership Agreement, the Turnbull Government has committed to reforms worth $40 billion for early childhood education and care over the next four years, including more than $3 billion to ensure the system is more accessible, affordable and fairer for families.

“The funding is the single largest investment in early learning and child care that this country has ever seen, and guarantees support for 15 hours of quality preschool education a week for children in the year before school,” Minister Birmingham said.

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I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australian Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.