Minister’s Federal Takeover Thought-Bubble Unravelling Already

Minister’ Birmingham’s push to takeover of vocational education is unravelling already. 

Just last week, Minister Birmingham reinforced his plans for a national takeover of vocational education in comments to the TAFE Directors Australia National Conference in Hobart. 

Yesterday, in answer to a question by Shadow Training Minister, Michelle O’Byrne in the Tasmanian Parliament, Minister Rockliff made it abundantly clear that the Tasmanian Liberal Government does not support a Federal takeover of vocational education for Tasmania: 

“We do not support a Federal takeover of our VET or TasTAFE in Tasmania.                                                           

Hon Jeremy Rockliff, Tasmanian Minister for Education and Training,

Hansard, 16 September 2015 

Minister Birmingham has tried to use talk of a federal takeover of vocational education to distract from his failure to put forward a positive plan on TAFE, on apprentices and for the vocational education sector in general. 

Minister Birmingham’s push will only mean cuts to funding in particular for TAFE.  

“We know TAFE will be a thing of the past if Malcolm Turnbull gets his hands on vocational education,” Sharon Bird said. 

“Our TAFE system delivers courses no private provider would deliver, in parts of Australia that no private provider would service.” 

“TAFE has given millions of Australians the education and skills they needed for the jobs they wanted, and should continue to play that vital role in our towns, suburbs, cities and regions.” 

“Only Labor has guaranteed funding for TAFE into the future.  Minister Birmingham is just trying to guarantee his job into next week.