While trying desperately to defend the Government’s massive cuts to skills and training, Minister ‘Tatts ‘n Mags’ Macfarlane, again accused apprentices of spending their Tools for Your Trades funds on tattoos and mag wheels.
The Minister persisted with his accusation that apprentices are not being responsible with this money. This is despite the fact that his Trade Support Loans, which will leave them with a debt, apparently have no limits on what they can be spent on.
Employers, apprentices and their families are furious that this grant has been abolished despite no indication of this from the Abbott Government before the election. Existing apprentices in particular will now miss out on several payments that they would have factored into their future income.
Both the Prime Minister and the Minister in Question Time today tried to spin over $1 billion in cuts to apprenticeship programs as ‘support’ for apprentices. The reality is far different:
Australian Apprenticeships Access Program - CUT
Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring Program - CUT
Tools for Your Trade - CUT
WEDNESDAY, 28 MAY 2014