Speech from Danny Pearson MP
This was a speech Danny Pearson MP gave to Parliament earlier last week. As always, we are thankful for the support he gives to the school.
One of the tasks I set myself when I was first elected was I wanted to make sure that Mount Alexander College became one of the best secondary schools in the inner north-west. The Deputy Premier and I went there in 2015. This school services the Flemington public housing estate and it services the Ascot Vale public housing estate. When we went there five and a half years ago there were 27 year 7 students. This is a school that services these communities. If you are actually serious about making sure that culturally and linguistically diverse communities have the opportunity to engage proactively in economic institutions, you have got to make sure they get a decent education. I looked at this school back in 2015 and I just knew the way in which that school was constructed then and there that if those kids from the public housing estates went to that school, they just were not going to get a fair deal. It just was not right. And I am really pleased and I am thrilled that through patience and perseverance and strong leadership from the school, particularly Dani Angelico, who is the principal, and prior to Dani and Wayne Haworth, we have secured $24.77 million for the redevelopment of that school, because I passionately believe in it.
I want to make sure that in my lifetime when you walk the floors of a public service building or if you go into the floors of 101 Collins Street you will see African Australians there in senior leadership roles, because that has been a great success story of this nation. Every new generation that has sought to come here to build a new life has that opportunity. If they work hard and if they apply themselves and they are disciplined, then they have got the capacity to reach their full potential. And I want more African-Australians in senior leadership roles; I want to see that while I am alive. I want to see that occur because that for me will be testament of the strength and the resilience of our community and our economy. But it starts with a good education. It starts with a good education and it starts with decent public housing, because that is what the community deserves. That is what these people deserve; they just want a fair go. We just want a level playing field to give them the opportunity to achieve their potential.
The Hon. Danny Pearson MP
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