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Coffs MP sends angry message to Kevin Rudd

'YOU made the bed, now lie in it'.

That's the message Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser is sending to prime minister Kevin Rudd, as he attempts to fulfill one of his election promises.

The first delivery of computers for high school students is set for next month - but is causing major concern, with many schools unable to find the money to install upgrades and improvements to security and cabling that is needed to run them.

"There are a number of problems," Mr Fraser said.

"Number one: I don't think there is the money to deliver on the promise. Number two, the power in most schools is not adequate, and number three, if you're giving children notebooks, and they are taking them home, what's to stop them being lost and stolen or damaged?"

He said Mr Rudd should have done his homework before making such an extravagant promise.

"Mr Rudd should have done his research. There are so many bits and pieces to this - the cold reality is that it won't work.

"I've spoken to a number of schools in the region, and they just don't have the power to run these computers."

"It's a case of 'you made the bed, now lie in it'.

"He needs to sit down with Mr Della Bosca (Minister for Education) and find out when he will upgrade the power systems.

"He needs to go back to the schools, find out what they need - not what they want - and deliver something that will improve education.

"Look at the number of demountable classrooms in this state. Why didn't they look at replacing those? It's about bettering the education environment."

The NSW Government told ABC that state and federal governments are in talks to address any funding shortfall as a result of the computer roll-out, while a spokesperson for Mr Della Bosca told ABC concern from parents about the need for grassroots fundraising is premature.


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