AUDITOR GENERAL'S INVESTIGATION INTO GRANT TO BOB DAY TRAINING COLLEGE WELCOME

10 Jan 2017

The Auditor-General's announcement of an investigation into the grant of $2 million to former Senator Bob Day's North East Vocational College and its ‘student builder’ program is a welcome step in getting to the bottom of why and how the decision was made.

AUDITOR GENERAL'S INVESTIGATION INTO GRANT TO BOB DAY TRAINING COLLEGE WELCOME

The Auditor-General's announcement of an investigation into the grant of $2 million to former Senator Bob Day's North East Vocational College and its ‘student builder’ program is a welcome step in getting to the bottom of why and how the decision was made.

In what appears to be another example of the Turnbull Government's loose ethics and willingness to spend taxpayer dollars for their own personal or political benefit, the North East Vocational College received a grant worth more than its annual turnover.

The process for providing the grants has been opaque, and Education Minister Senator Simon Birmingham failed to adequately answer questions on the issue in Senate Question Time and in Estimates hearings.

Labor called for an independent review of the ‘student builder’ program and the grant process by the Auditor General.

"I welcome the Auditor General's decision to investigate the process for giving this grant and the program that it is funding," said Senator Doug Cameron, Shadow Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships.

The Coalition have cut more than $1 billion out of support for apprentices since coming to government, causing a significant decline in traditional trade apprenticeships.

"It shows the contempt the Turnbull Government has for the future prosperity and productivity of Australia that it treats skills and apprenticeships as an opportunity to give preferential treatment to political allies. 

"I look forward to seeing the report of the Auditor General into this fiasco, whether the process was above board and whether the program represents value for money for the taxpayer," said Senator Cameron.

TUESDAY, 10 JANUARY 2017