MICHAELIA CASH ONLY ADDS TO VOCATIONAL EDUCATION CRISIS

28 Aug 2018

The appointment of Senator Michaelia Cash as Skills and Vocational Education Minister is a disaster for a vocational education sector already in crisis.

SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS, TAFE AND APPRENTICESHIPS
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES 
 
MICHAELIA CASH ONLY ADDS TO VOCATIONAL EDUCATION CRISIS
 

The appointment of Senator Michaelia Cash as Skills and Vocational Education Minister is a disaster for a vocational education sector already in crisis.
 
Every week, dodgy private training providers are going bust, thousands of students are being charged for courses they have not done and $24 million of taxpayer’s money has been wasted on the abandoned Australian Apprenticeship Management System.
 
Senator Cash’s office is currently under investigation for its role in leaking details of an impending Australian Federal Police raid to the media.
 
Also of concern are recent reports of unusually high staff turnover within her office which raise doubts about their capacity to handle this complex portfolio.
 
Shadow Minister for Skills, TAFE and Apprenticeships, Doug Cameron, said the appointment of Senator Cash is a political fix Australians cannot afford.
 
“Senator Cash has been rewarded for ratting on Malcolm Turnbull, the person who backed her in throughout this AFP raids scandal,” Senator Cameron said.
 
“She is a minister with a proven track record of incompetence and failure; scandal follows her wherever she goes.
 
“The AFP recently has referred its investigation of Senator Cash’s office to the DPP and yet she is being rewarded with a new ministry.”
 
Senator Cameron said the vocational education system has been damaged by privatisation, poor regulation and unhealthy competition.
 
“The Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government has stripped $3 billion from TAFE and vocational education since coming to power, creating a crisis in the sector,” Senator Cameron said.
 
“The number of students enrolled in TAFE has plummeted by 24.5 per cent, TAFE campuses have closed, courses have been cut and students are being locked out due to increased fees.
 
“Every week another private training provider goes belly up, leaving struggling students out of pocket and without the qualifications they need.
 
“The Liberals have failed to improve the quality of courses, reduce costs and increase access to education and training.”
 
If elected, Labor will provide $100 million to the Building TAFE for the Future Fund to commence a program of revitalising campuses across Australia.
 
Labor will also waive upfront fees for 100,000 students to attend TAFE and conduct a once in a generation inquiry into the post-secondary education system within the first 100 days of being elected.
 
“We are committed to ensuring at least two thirds of all government funding for vocational education will go to TAFE. The balance will go to not-for-profit community and adult educators and only the very best of the private providers with demonstrable links to specific industry requirements.”

MONDAY, 27 AUGUST 2018

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.