Some 30 messages were received back from the couple of hundred or so emails sent by the Hub to major party candidates, and forwarded to me by others.
Here is a break down:
Coalition: 10 replies
- Form letters: 6, including Tony Abbott
- Shadow Ed Minister, Chris Pyne, 2 sentences, including “I will certainly give the report close consideration when it is released by the House of Representatives Committee on Education and Training.”
- Will give more flexibility to principals in staffing: 1 Nationals Federal Secretariat
- “It’s a state responsibility” letter: 1
And this well considered one from Malcolm Cole, LNP Moreton Qld
“I am a little shocked to learn of the disparities across the nation in this area….I can give you my commitment that as a Member of Parliament I would take up these causes inside the Parliament and inside the Government should the Coalition be elected on August 21. Further, I would always be a passionate advocate for literacy. As a person who enjoyed the benefits of excellent librarians and teacher librarians, I do not need convincing of the importance of these roles.”
Labor: 14 replies
- Early form letters: 5
- Later form letter acknowledging value of TL, stating state responsibility but looking forward to Inquiry report: 5
- Happy to raise this matter and pursue: 3, including 1 asking for more on the research
- One complete support as was on Cttee.
“the Greens unequivocally support the continuation of the House of Representatives Inquiry into School Libraries and Teacher Librarians in Australian Schools after the election. We will monitor the outcomes with interest and support recommendations that we consider are well targeted to improving educational outcomes, especially literacy. Until all evidence to the inquiry has been assessed and the inquiry has reported, it would be premature to make any more specific commitments. “
1 Independent: “I am supportive of there being qualified teacher librarians in all schools.”
Democrats National Campaign Director
“We … indicate support for your campaign.”
Family First 1 (NSW Senate candidate)
“You can be assured that if elected I will place pressure on the government to complete the Inquiry into School Libraries and Teacher Librarians in Australian Schools and to act on the recommendations.”
3 individual and mostly well considered responses.
The entire letters are available at the Hub Campaign wiki site.
While these letters indicate quite a range of interest, we do learn who will be our supporters. And it is unlikely to be an Abbott government.