Catholic schools question Howard election promise

Welcoming the tax relief for families, the Catholic education sector is disappointed that yesterday's Coalition announcement did not include funds for resourcing schools.

Queensland Catholic Education Commission Executive Director, Mike Byrne (pictured) said the rebate plan gives recognition to the rights of families to choose a Catholic education for their children.

“It recognises the millions of dollars those families contribute through school fees and other expenses,” Mr Byrne said.

“I commend the government on the wide scope of the rebate to include school-fees, text books, uniforms, broadband connection and so on.

However, Mr Byrne said further consideration of other ways to deliver the benefits to poorer families needs to be made.

“Should the government be re-elected, we will be seeking greater funding to help with the rising costs of running our schools and in particular those serving lower socio-economic communities,” he said.

“Catholic schools provide a faith-based educational option for Queensland families. They cater for families from all socio-economic circumstances and have a particular ministry to those with special needs or who are otherwise disadvantaged,” he said.

Relief for family expenses welcome but Catholic education seeks increased commitment to resource schools (Queensland Catholic Education Commission 12/11/07)

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