Outgoing Labor Senator Jacinta Collins will begin her new role as executive director of the National Catholic Education Commission next week, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has announced. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Archbishop Fisher, chair of the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education, said Senator Collins “has had a long personal and professional connection” with the Church.
“She has been a strong advocate for education – across all sectors – in the Parliament. She has worked in early childhood and school education portfolios and other committees with even broader educational oversight,” Archbishop Fisher said.
“She was a key contributor to the development of the Gonski school funding model while in government as Assistant Minister for School Education and, in Opposition, was heavily involved in parliamentary debate over the Gonski 2.0 model passed in 2017.
“Renowned for her work on behalf of her constituents and key stakeholders, Jacinta will now advocate for the approximately 770,000 students in Catholic schools and their families, as well as the more than 90,000 people who work in Catholic education.”
In a statement, NCEC chair Greg Crafter AO said Senator Collins is renowned as a strong advocate for social justice and quality education across all sectors.
“Her parliamentary knowledge and strong commitment to the values that underpin Catholic schools make her the ideal person to lead the NCEC as it continues to advocate on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of families who entrust their children to our care every school day,” Mr Crafter said.
Senator Collins said she was looking forward to her new role as a champion for the needs of Catholic schools, which educate one in every five Australian students.
“I am passionate about education and ensuring all Australian children receive an excellent education,” she said.
“Australia’s school system is unique with its mix of government, Catholic and Independent schools and I believe that parents should have the choice about which school is best for their child.
“In the Parliament, I was a strong advocate for fair funding for all schools and I will continue to be a strong voice for the needs of Catholic schools, teachers and students.”
Archbishop Fisher and Mr Crafter thanked Ray Collins (no relation), who came out of retirement to lead the NCEC in 2018.
Appointment of National Catholic Education Commission Executive Director (ACBC Media Blog)
Labor senator resigns from Parliament, heads to Catholic Schools role (Sydney Morning Herald)