Release type: Media Release


Tropical health and literacy on the agenda in Herbert


The Hon Christopher Pyne MP
Minister for Education
Leader of the House

Minister for Education the Hon Christopher Pyne MP will join the Federal Member for Herbert, Ewen Jones MP in a visit to James Cook University, a beneficiary of $42 million towards ground breaking tropical health and medicine research.

Mr Pyne will also make an announcement about funding for new methods of teaching literacy in schools and meet with headspace in Townsville, part of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation.

Headspace was founded under the previous Coalition government by Mr Pyne when he served in the health portfolio.

Mr Pyne said thousands of students in the electorate of Herbert will benefit from the Australian Government’s reforms in education.

“Since coming to office this government has worked to keep its commitments to all Australians and nowhere more so than in communities like this,” Mr Pyne said.

“The Australian Government is honouring its commitments, investing record recurrent funding of $64.5 billion in government and non-government schools over the next four years.

“This includes an extra $1.2 billion that the previous government removed from schools in our most regional states.”

Mr Pyne said that regional students and their communities will particularly benefit from the Australian Government’s higher education reforms introduced in this year’s Budget.

“Under these reforms the Australian Government will, for the first time ever, provide support to all students, in all higher education institutions, be they universities, colleges or those TAFEs registered as higher education providers, whether in the cities or the bush,” Mr Pyne said.

Mr Jones said this is good news for the young people and businesses of Herbert.

“This will mean local higher education providers such as James Cook University can expand the range of courses they offer and to further improve the quality of courses,” Mr Jones said.

“This may also see many local students paying less than they do now for their education as the Government supports more higher education options.

“The Government will now fund pathway and other diploma courses through universities and colleges that will help many more local people get a qualification that can be used outright or towards a university degree.

“This will mean more young people can study right here to get the skills local businesses and industries need,” Mr Jones said.

Mr Pyne said he looks forward to explaining the Government’s education package directly to the people of Herbert.

“I look forward to speaking with the people and business owners of this community about their educational needs and about how this Government’s policies can help young people create brighter futures for themselves and their communities,” Mr Pyne said.

Mr Pyne will visit:
3:30 pm           Visit James Cook University
                        James Cook Drive, Townsville

                        The Minister will make an announcement.

3:45 pm           Tour James Cook University

                        Photo opportunity.