Local Member for Richmond, Justine Elliot, was pleased to host a visit by Shadow Minister for Vocational Education, Sharon Bird, today.
The Shadow Minister was in Murwillumbah to meet with members of the community who have been deeply disturbed by recent confirmation from a leaked Cabinet document that Murwillumbah TAFE will be sold off by the NSW Liberal-National Government.
Sharon Bird said that with youth unemployment at roughly 15 per cent in Richmond and the Tweed it was imperative that Governments invested in TAFEs rather than shutting them down.
“Back in June, Bill Shorten and I announced that a Shorten Labor Government would guarantee that a portion of funding for vocational education is dedicated to TAFE and formed part of Labor’s plan to make skills and training a national priority, by working cooperatively with states and territories.
“This announcement will ensure that our kids, people returning to work and workers in areas in transition, will get the opportunities and the skills they need for the jobs of the future.
Justine Elliot said that TAFE plays such an important role in regional centres like Murwillumbah because having a TAFE means that many local students can access the education and skills they need.
“I condemn the North Coast Nationals for their disgraceful plan to close the Murwillumbah TAFE. It shows yet again that in regional and rural areas the Nationals just cannot be trusted. “
In addition to the TAFE funding guarantee, Labor will work with Premiers and Chief Ministers on a comprehensive National Priority Plan which properly defines and supports TAFE and places it at the centre of our vocational education and training sector.
Labor is backing TAFE and training because we believe every Australian – young or old, from the city or the bush – has an equal right to share in the jobs and opportunities of the future.
THURSDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER 2015