HUNT FAILS TO UNDERSTAND KEY ROLE OF SKILLS

16 Aug 2016

The new Industry, Innovation and Science Minister, Greg Hunt is reported (Australian, August 15), to be setting out to ‘demystify innovation’ and ‘make it a mainstream concept’.

SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS AND APPRENTICESHIPS

SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

  

HUNT FAILS TO UNDERSTAND KEY ROLE OF SKILLS   

The new Industry, Innovation and Science Minister, Greg Hunt is reported (Australian, August 15), to be setting out to ‘demystify innovation’ and ‘make it a mainstream concept’. Where has Greg Hunt been or does he just not understand the process of innovation in Australian industry?

 

The Minister’s recent pronouncements are simply another short-term political response to the public rejecting Malcolm Turnbull's glib and uninspiring election mantra on innovation.

 

The Coalition fails to understand that innovation and skill acquisition go hand in hand. Innovation is not new nor a recent invention of Prime Minister Turnbull or Minister Hunt.

 

Skilled tradespersons, engineers and managers have worked together for decades problem-solving, designing new maintenance, engineering and production processes that promote improved productive performance and profitability. This is innovation in action. Innovation is not a Coalition response to a focus group or a mantra during an election.

 

If the Turnbull Government is serious about innovation they must stop the destruction of skills by the defunding of Australia's major institution for skills, apprentice training and innovation, the TAFE system.

 

Malcolm Turnbull should stop worrying about his own job and start thinking about how jobs, skill acquisition and innovation can be achieved by restoring a proper balance between public and private vocational training providers.

 

Skill acquisition, apprenticeships. innovation and TAFE go hand-in-hand. Our international competitors know this and that is why they are increasing public investment in the vocational education sector as well as the tertiary sector.

 

Minister Hunt has demonstrated in his previous environment portfolio that he is good at developing short-term political fixes while ignoring the real problems.

 

When it comes to skills, apprenticeships, innovation and TAFE we cannot accept a political con-job in place of real initiatives that create jobs and prosperity.

 

Only Labor will seriously develop policy on skills and apprenticeships that promote real innovation.

 

TUESDAY, 16 AUGUST 2016