Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth Peter Garrett has filed his resignation from his post shortly after Kevin Rudd was elected as leader of the Parliamentary Labor party.
Garrett said that he will also not recontest the upcoming election as Member for Kingsford Smith.
The former Early Childhood Minister highlighted his contributions to the Government and the party, saying that he had been a frontman who had also been a team player and one who made a difference in politics.
He has also stressed that since his entry into the Parliament in 2004, he has devoted efforts to represent the people of Kingsford Smith. Specifically, he has ensured protection of Malabar Headland for NSW residents.
Garrett also viewed his service as a cabinet minister for almost six years as a privilege during which he had helped make essential changes for the Labor Government possible.
Other feats Garrett mentioned included navigating education reforms in Australia such as the national curriculum, first national teaching standards and investments for literacy, numeracy as well as Indigenous education. He also said that he has spearheaded the passing of law for the Australian Education Bill.
He commended former Labor leader Julia Gillard for what he mentioned as her vision, courage and drive to establish reforms in the Government that he said will ensure a better future for young Australians.
“We now have a new, fairer funding system based on the Gonski review which will ensure the needs of young Australians are met regardless of where they live or how much money their parents earn,” Garrett said.
He cited other achievements of the Labor Government to include the marine parks system, situating the Kimberley region on Australia’s National Heritage list, launching of the first e-waste recycling system and securing resale royalties for Australian artists including Indigenous artists.
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