Labor To Support Camps, Sports And Excursions For Our Kids

More than 222,000 kids will directly benefit from the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund, that will cover the increasing costs of school trips and free up family budgets, under an Andrews Labor Government.

Daniel Andrews joined Labor Candidate for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas at the Doxa Malmsbury Camp to announce details of Labor’s policy.

Eligible primary school students will receive $125 a year, and secondary school students $225 a year. Payments will go directly to the school but will be tied to the student. Families with Concession Cards will be eligible.

The Liberals cut the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) which assisted with the costs of camps and excursions. Now more families are struggling with the extra costs of raising a child and kids are missing out.

Labor’s Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund – and our plans to support families, schools and welfare organisations with the costs of uniforms, breakfasts and glasses – will help fill the ‘black hole’.

School camps teach kids to be independent and prepared, excursions show children how our society functions, and sports teach teamwork, discipline and exercise. All are part of a healthy curriculum.

Quotes attributable to Mr Andrews

“Learning doesn’t end at the school gate. Camps, sports and excursions are extensions of the classroom.”

“They teach children how the world works. They’re some of the most memorable days of their young lives.”

“Under the Liberals, some families and schools can’t afford the costs and kids are missing out.”

“Labor will help the families that the Liberals left behind, because we want every child to get every chance.”

Key Facts

· The Liberals cut the EMA payments that in 2013 supported approximately 202,000 students.