BEFORE I was elected to parliament, I spent 10 years teaching at high schools on the North-West Coast.
I grew up in Wesley Vale, just out of Devonport, in a farming family who valued education.
I was sent to Hobart for my secondary and university education.
I returned home, but most people from the North-West who got a university degree didn't. The graduate exodus led to the perception that encouraging education would result in losing your children to Hobart or to the mainland.