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    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    LNP’s school drugs and weapons motion backfires

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Thursday, August 10, 2017

    LNP’s school drugs and weapons motion backfires

    The LNP have been caught out misleading Queenslanders about the prevalence of weapons and drugs in Queensland state schools.

    Education Minister Kate Jones said the LNP today moved a motion in State Parliament to highlight an apparent increase in weapons and drugs in schools.

    “During the debate it was revealed that the number of suspensions for weapons and alcohol and drug related misconduct was actually higher under the LNP government,” Ms Jones said.

    “The number of school disciplinary absences for tobacco, alcohol and other drugs was 3,238 in 2014 down to 2,810 in 2016.

    “The number of school disciplinary absences for “weapons” was 421 in 2014 down to 377 in 2016.

    “Not only did they cut 500 teachers from our state schools, the LNP oversaw a rise in weapons and drugs in schools.

    “Trash-talk-Tracy is determined to talk down our schools and spread misinformation and hysteria.

    “We know our principals and teachers are working really hard – in partnership with parents – to help all students improve their behaviour and we are seeing the success of this hard work in the disciplinary data.

    “Opposition Education Spokesperson Tracy Davis should apologise to Queensland parents and schools for spreading this misinformation.”

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