All primary school children would have access to swimming lessons under a future Labor government, Bill Shorten has announced in response to a spate of summer drownings. The opposition leader has committed $46m over the next four years to ensure all Australian children receive school-based swimming lessons. The prime minister hit out at the Queensland Labor state government, arguing they had to be dragged “kicking and screaming” into offering swimming lessons. Shorten said access to school-based swimming lessons was inconsistent and often dependent on location, types of school and whether parents could afford private lessons. “Swimming lessons aren’t just something parents should have to organise on weekends or during the holidays.
Source: The Guardian January 19, 2019 23:50 UTC