Labor believes public libraries are the heart of local communities. Public libraries provide a place for people to meet, access information and learn.
For the last eight years, the Liberals and Nationals have neglected public libraries. For eight years, there has been no real increase in the per capita subsidy provided by the State Government for public libraries. This has meant the subsidy has remained at $1.85 per capita since 2011.
A Daley Labor Government will:
- Double the per capita subsidy for public libraries; and
- Link increases in the subsidy to the consumer price index to ensure the subsidy maintains its real value into the future.
A Daley Labor Government will also invest an extra $10.5 million to support public libraries. This commitment of $10.5 million is in addition to Labor’s commitment to double the per capita subsidy.
In total, a Daley Labor Government will provide more than $60 million of additional funding for public libraries.