The day after the tabling in Parliament of the Report of the Inquiry into School Libraries and Teacher Librarians in May 2011, these MPs gave insightful, informative and supportive speeches to open the eyes of educators and parents and urge action. If you didn’t have time then, take time now and be renewed and inspired. Note six are still in office.
The speech of Sharon Bird, MP (Labor NSW), initial committee chair (2015 still in office)
The speech of Karen Andrews, MP (Liberal Qld), committee member and currently (2015) Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science
The speech of Yvette D’Ath, MP (Labor Qld), committee member
The speech of Deborah O’Neill, MP (Labor NSW), committee member (2015 still in office)
The speech of Mike Symon, MP (Labor Vic), committee member
The speech of Alan Tudge, MP (Liberal Vic), committee member and currently (2015) Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister
In addition, two members of the committee gave speeches upon tabling the report the day before:
The speech of Amanda Rishworth, MP (Labor SA), subsequent committee chair (2015 still in office)
The speech of Rowan Ramsey, MP (Liberal SA) committee member (2015 still in office)
We DO have parliamentarians who understand.