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Supporting teachers to stay in regional schools

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said students at 17 O’Connor schools would benefit from teachers that remained teaching in the community longer.


Mr Wilson said the Morrison Government would waive the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt of teachers who remained teaching in remote locations.


There are 17 schools in O’Connor that qualify as a remote location under this program.


“A teacher who stayed at one of our schools for four years would have their HELP debt erased,” Mr Wilson said.


“If we can retain teachers in our schools over the long-term they can build relationships with the students and develop deep links to the community which will benefit everyone.


“The evidence says that improving the quality of teachers is one of the best ways to make the biggest improvements in student outcomes.


“If teachers are prepared to make the long-term commitment to our community, the Morrison Government will reward them for their passion.


“This program is on top of the Morrison Government’s record investment of $310.3 billion in school funding for state schools, Catholic schools and Independent schools.


“This funding means more money for students in rural, regional and remote locations as well as Indigenous students.


“The Morrison Government is keeping the economy strong which means we can afford to make significant investments in schools and closing the gap without having to increase taxes.”


The 17 schools include:


Christian Aboriginal Parent-Directed School
Christian Aboriginal Parent-Directed School (Caps), Kurrawang
Coolgardie Primary School
Hopetoun Primary School
Jerdacuttup Primary School
Lake King Primary School
Laverton School
Leinster Community School
Leonora District High School
Menzies Community School
Mount Margaret Remote Community School
Munglinup Primary School
Ngaanyatjarra Lands School
Norseman District High School
Ravensthorpe District High School
Salmon Gums Primary School
Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School


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.