BIRMINGHAM SKILLS DEAL WITH SOUTH AUSTRALIA NOTHING TO CELEBRATE

8 Jun 2018

Simon Birmingham has announced that the South Australian government has signed onto the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) and describes it as ‘a landmark day’.

SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS, TAFE AND APPRENTICESHIPS
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

 

BIRMINGHAM SKILLS DEAL WITH SOUTH AUSTRALIA NOTHING TO CELEBRATE

 

Simon Birmingham has announced that the South Australian government has signed onto the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) and describes it as ‘a landmark day’.

 

Given the problems that have plagued the vocational education and training (VET) system, having South Australia sign up to the SAF will be cold comfort to industry, workers and communities across Australia.

 

The Liberal record on VET is abysmal. Since taking office they have cut more than $3 billion from skills and apprenticeships.

 

In the last budget alone the Liberals cut $270 million from the very fund that South Australia has signed up to - effectively defunding Commonwealth support for more than 27,000 apprenticeships.

 

A real landmark day will be when the Turnbull government recognises the importance of TAFE and vocational education.

 

Their cuts have damaged the VET sector and the productivity of Australian workers, cruelling our future prosperity.

 

The Liberals should adopt Labor’s position of guaranteeing TAFE and VET funding. Our costed and comprehensive plan for VET will give Australians looking to improve their skills a fair go.

 

THURSDAY, 7 JUNE 2018

Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra