Laws won't stop truancy: Cansdell

Tough new laws against parents who fail to send their kids to school will not solve local truancy problems, according to Clarence Nationals MP Steve Cansdell.

The NSW Parliament on Wednesday approved legislation providing fines of up to $2500 for a first offence of failing to ensure children attend school.

“Children who truant are the end result of a major social problem of dysfunctional families. Magistrates can fine parents all they want but they are not going to pay the fine because they have not got the money to start with,” Mr Cansdell told Parliament.



STORM WARNING: Lightning, gusty winds forecast over fires

STORM WARNING: Lightning, gusty winds forecast over fires

BoM has recorded a southerly change in wind direction

Where to go if you need to evacuate

Where to go if you need to evacuate

Centres are open across the region

Concern rife for wildlife as koala hospitals reach capacity

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There is no estimation as to how many koalas have died