Labor Can't be Trusted on Public Schools

The 1995-2011 Labor Government loved closing local public schools:

2001: North Randwick HS
2002: Maroubra HS
2006: Vaucluse HS and Dover Heights HS merge to form Rose Bay SC

Because Labor lacked foresight, Eastern Suburbs public schools were given a long-term capacity problem.

A local activist group named CLOSEast are campaigning for another in the East. This map was printed in Inner Sydney Voice:

Always up to the task, we Liberals vowed to fix Labor's lack of foresight and have a comprehensive policy to provide for the next generation of students.

A new 1200 student school will open in 2020 on the corner of Cleveland and Chalmers Streets in Surry Hills. It will be close to Central train station, which means that anyone who lives close to Bondi Junction, Edgecliff or King’s Cross stations will have a single train ride to school and not increase traffic.

Capacity is also being expanded at Randwick Boys, Randwick Girls and Alexandria Park. 

Labor are desperately trying to create a policy issue, and are foolishly promising to give CLOSEast protestors what they are asking for, yet another new school.

Labor have not announced a location or timeframe for the school, so you can tell there is no serious planning, thought, or intention to deliver on the promise.

As someone who completed 13 years of public education, I don't mind having an additional school. I just don't believe it will happen anytime soon.

In 2020, after the Surry Hills School is built, and local classroom space has drastically increased, can you truly imagine a government saying “we have the capacity, we’ll build an extra school anyway”?