By Evelyn Leckie

LAURIMAR Primary school students were surprised to see Labor’s ‘Big Red Fair Go Express’ bus roll into the school parking lot last week.

Senator for NSW the Hon Kristina Keneally met with Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell, principal Jason McBean, assistant principal Deb Purser, parents and students to talk about Labor’s commitment to schools by delivering extra funding.

“Laurimar Primary will receive an extra $1.17 million [if elected] – that will help with extra classes, aids in schools to support kids and speech therapy. It really opens up the opportunity for kids to have a better education,” Mr Mitchell said.

Mr McBean gave the Labor politicians a private tour of the school including the school’s war memorial and covered play areas.

“What a beautiful school this is, there’s a great physical infrastructure, the sporting grounds, the covered outdoor areas, the class room facilities are top notch, but more importantly there’s a group of dedicated and caring staff who are creating an amazing educational experience for the 1000 children who attend here,” Ms Keneally said.

“It goes to show that education has to be supported by professional, well-resourced teachers who are supported to do their job.

“It’s clear to see the joy on these teachers’ faces being back at work today – but their jobs should be made easier by proper funding and support from government.”

After the school visit Ms Keneally and Mr Mitchell visited cafes and a newsagency along Hazel Glen Drive to pledge their support for small businesses.

“We’ve had a great reception in the ‘Big Red Fair Go’ bus – it’s terrific to be here in McEwen, Rob Mitchell is a wonderful Federal Member,” Ms Keneally said.

“Victorians have endorsed and embraced this notion of a fair go for Australians – I look forward to spreading that message right up until May 18.”