QUESTION TIME: Greens candidate for Page Kudra Falla-Ricketts, CDP candidate Bethany McAlpine, Labor candidate Janelle Saffin and incumbent member Kevin Hogan line up at the election forum at the Christ Church Cathedral in Grafton.
QUESTION TIME: Greens candidate for Page Kudra Falla-Ricketts, CDP candidate Bethany McAlpine, Labor candidate Janelle Saffin and incumbent member Kevin Hogan line up at the election forum at the Christ Church Cathedral in Grafton. Caitlan Charles

Page candidates answer the big questions

EDUCATION and the environment policy were the hot topics discussed by Page candidates at a forum earlier this week.

Kevin Hogan, Kudra Falla-Ricketts, Janelle Saffin and Bethany McAlpine gave preprepared answers to a number of questions at the forum in Grafton, directed by Bishop Sarah Macneil at the Christ Church Anglican Cathedral.

Gonski reforms were mutually agreed upon by all candidates as one of the best ways forward to educate our children.

To a degree, Mr Hogan supported Gonski but focused on the Coalition’s strong track record in delivering education funding for schools across the electorate.

“Gonski is obviously a very important issue in this election. There is a needs-based formula for Gonski which we support and will stay,” he said.

“It’s good for schools.

“When we took power in 2013 there was $13 billion a year being spent by the Federal Government on education. We are increasing that by a billion dollars every year,” he said.

Ms Falla-Ricketts echoed Ms Saffin’s and Ms McAlpine’s calls to fully fund Gonski and the importance of education as an investment, not a cost.

“Education is such an important thing and it really frustrates me when I hear politicians say we’re going to cut this much from education, because education isn’t a cost, it’s an investment in the future of our whole country,” she said.

On transitioning to renewable energy, Ms Saffin said Labor was fully committed to the transition.

“Labor will also ensure that 50% of the nation’s electricity is sourced from renewable energy by 2030.”

Meanwhile, Ms McAlpine said God “put us here to be caretakers of the environment” to encapsulate her renewable energy policy views.



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