Turnbull’s TAFE-Destroying Takeover

Today Sharon Bird, Richard Marles and Libby Coker called on Malcolm Turnbull to come clean about his plans for a Federal takeover of the vocational education system during a visit to Gordon TAFE.

 

Malcolm Turnbull’s secret plans to take-over vocational education will be a disaster for TAFE campuses in Victoria and the Turnbull Government needs to let local people in Corangamite and Corio know exactly what his plans are.

 

The Liberals cannot be trusted with our TAFE system.  Under the Liberals watch, the vocational education and training sector has been in crisis with VET FEE-HELP loans escalating from $699 million in 2013 to $1.7 billion in 2014 following their inability to stop shonks and sharks targeting vulnerable students in the training sector.

 

The Liberals have an appalling track record in the vocational education sector so far – they cannot be trusted with our TAFEs.

 

The former Victorian Liberal Government decimated TAFE in Victoria. Now Steve Herbert and Victorian Labor are working hard to restore our TAFE system.

 

Since the election of the Abbott/Turnbull Governments, the Liberals have cut almost $2.5 billion from skills and training, including $1 billion from apprentice programs and the Tools for Your Trade program. They have also axed great programs like the National Workforce Development Fund and language, literacy and numeracy programs.

 

The $1 billion cut to apprentices has seen apprentice numbers across Australia plummet from 407,000 in June 2013 to 308,000 in June 2015.  

 

In Corangamite, apprentice numbers have fallen from 2,361 in June 2014 to 2,050 in March 2015.  

 

Corio has lost over 1,000 apprentices with numbers falling from 3,542 in June 2014 to 2,429 in March 2015.

 

The Turnbull Government cannot be trusted with education and training people for the workforces of the future.

 

The Liberals have cut almost $2.5 billion from skills and training.

 

The Liberals have cut $30 billion from our schools.

 

On top of all that Malcolm Turnbull also wants to cut university funding by 20 per cent and deregulate fees which could see students paying $100,000 for a university degree.

 

Malcom Turnbull needs to come clean on his plans for a TAFE-destroying vocational education takeover.

 

FRIDAY, 19 FEBRUARY 2016