07 November 2018

Yesterday, while on her trip to Perth, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP joined Madeleine King MP on a visit to her old school, Safety Bay Senior High School.

Ms Plibersek and Ms King were taken by Principal Alen Kursar to the school library, but having spent 5 years at the school Ms King didn’t need any directions.

There they met students from Years 8 – 11, including students from the school’s specialist programs and students who went on a recent Politics and Legal Studies tour to Canberra.

Ms Plibersek and Ms King spoke to the students about their passion for public schooling and asked them about their impressions of Sydney and Canberra and their plans for the school’s upcoming 40th Anniversary Celebrations.

The students then asked the Federal Shadow Ministers questions ranging from ‘What’s the best thing about being Deputy Leader?’ to ‘Who inspired you to be a politician?’

Safety Bay Senior High School Principal Alen Kursar said meeting Federal MPs Madeleine King and Tanya Plibersek was an inspiring opportunity for students.

“We know that our future starts with our children, so having the opportunity to meet two passionate parliamentarians showed our students that anything is possible,” Mr Kursar said.

Ms Plibersek also took the opportunity to announce Safety Bay Senior High School will receive $2.06 million extra funding if Labor is elected.

“Safety Bay Senior High School has been going from strength to strength for the past forty years and this funding will help my old school grow even more,” Ms King said.

Under a Labor Government, public schools in the Brand electorate, including schools in Rockingham, Kwinana and Baldivis, will be $37.48 million better off.

Ms King says this extra investment will be transformative for schools like Safety Bay Senior High and “will give every student the chance to reach their full potential, no matter where they live, or how much their parents earn.”

Last week, Labor released a new website – – giving each school an estimate of the extra funding it can expect under Labor’s plan.

Safety Bay Senior High School is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a Community Open Day on 22 November from 3 – 6PM.