The first year of the Abbott Government has been a disastrous year if you want a job, if you want an apprenticeship or if you want to study.
“I am confident that the Coalition’s economic plan can produce one million new jobs.”
TONY ABBOTT – PRESS CONFERENCE, DEVONPORT – 8 AUGUST 2013
Unemployment is now at 6.4 per cent and apprenticeship numbers have decreased by 12.4 per cent from March 2013.
Despite these worrying statistics, the Abbott Government has ripped almost $2 billion from the skills portfolio in its first Budget.
Even the Minister for Industry says that we should be investing in skilling up a smart, savvy and skilled workforce – yet Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey are ripping the money out.
Instead of investing in jobs for the future and skilling up our existing workforce, the Abbott Government has ripped almost $2 billion from the skills portfolio by axing the following programs –
- Tools for Your Trade Program
- National Workforce Development Fund
- Workplace English Language and Literacy Programme
- Australian Apprenticeships Access Programme
- Accelerated Australian Apprenticeships Programme
- Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring Programme
- Apprenticeship to Business Owner Programme
- National Partnership Agreement on Training Places for Single Parents
- Alternative Pathways Programme
- Productive Ageing through Community Education
- Step Into Skills Programme
Despite their promises before the election, the Abbott Government has taken the axe to investment in skills and jobs, hospitals, superannuation, pensions and education.
The Abbott Government needs to stop breaking promises and start investing in skills and education so that we have a “smart, savvy and skilled workforce”
IAN MACFARLANE – NATIONAL SKILLS WEEK – AUGUST 2014
For more information about the broken promises and lies of the Abbott Government’s first year in office, go to www.abbottslies.com.au
SUNDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER 2014