With our population growing by 5000 people a year, ACT Labor's top priorities for the ACT are: a strong health system; schools that help our children reach their true potential; creating and supporting secure and well-paid jobs; and delivering the infrastructure a growing city needs.
Healthcare has always been a priority for ACT Labor. Our 10 year plan for health will deliver essentia facilities where people need them. The plan includes a major expansion of women's and children's services, a new surgical hospital in Woden and a teaching hospital at the University of Canberra, new walk-in health centres in Weston Creek and Gungahlin, and more bulk-billing GP clinics on the southside.
Labor has a plan to deliver even better schools to help every Canberra child reach their potential. A re-elected Labor Government will provide tablet devices to all ACT High School and College students. Labor has listened to the calls from the community and from experts — if re-elected we will also fund 20 new school psychologists across Canberra. These new school psychologists will add to our existing services, providing students with access to professional assistance when they need it.
Labor will continue to invest in upgrading our school infrastructure. Labor will deliver a further $100 million to revitalise our schools and ensure high quality learning environments, including $15 million for our non-government school sector. This builds on the $70 million we invested in upgrades since 2012.
We will ensure CIT remains the primary provider of high-quality vocational education in Canberra. And every single Labor MLA will continue the fight for the full implementation of the Gonski needs-based funding model, because we recognise that all schools in the ACT, government, Catholic and independent— will all benefit from the full implementation of the original funding model.
ACT Labor has defended Canberra workers and the local economy from the Liberals' harsh cuts. We've worked hard to create and defend local jobs because Labor understands that every sacked worker is a person with a family and friends, not just a number on a balance sheet.
Canberra can't just rely on the federal public sector. That's why ACT Labor has been working hard to strengthen and diversify our economy. And our economic strategy is working: international flights have recently started. We have the fastest growing economy, the fastest growth in service exports, and the strongest jobs growth, in the country. Canberra's tourism market is booming like never before.
To continue building our economy, we must build the infrastructure our city needs. Labor has a plan to make these investments now, before our city descends into gridlock like Sydney or Melbourne. We must continue to build an integrated transport network and provide Canberrans with better transport.
That means boosting our bus services, road network and bike paths, and building light rail from Gungahlin through the City and Parliamentary Triangle to Woden, to have a true north-south spine joining our city together.
ACT Labor is the party that builds inclusion, equality and fairness in our community. Our investments, commitments, members and candidates all unite around these values. We want to keep Canberra the most progressive, inclusive and strongest jurisdiction in the country.