Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced free feminine sanitary product vending machines for all public schools in Queensland.
The machines are part of a $2.5 million partnership with the charity ‘Share the Dignity’ that makes pads and tampons more accessible to all students.
The Palaszczuk government began a trial with the charity earlier this year and recently announced the trial would be extended to include vending machines in all state schools in Queensland.
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The government initially announced that at least 62 schools in Queensland would receive a “dignity vending machine”, with 58 more to follow.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the move will ensure children do not miss school due to lack of access to necessary sanitary products.
“Access to free period products can make a real difference for children, especially students whose families are going through difficult times, have unstable housing, or are fleeing domestic and family violence,” she said. declared.
“That’s why I’m proud that my government is providing funding to Share the Dignity, so they can roll a vending machine into every public school in Queensland that wants one.”
Funding for the machines will come from a $13.3 million investment in the Palaszczuk government’s upcoming budget.
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