THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
SENATOR ANNE URQUHART
CHIEF OPPOSITION WHIP IN THE SENATE
SENATOR FOR TASMANIA
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR BRADDON
BRADDON LOCALS TO BENEFIT FROM LABOR’S PLAN TO SCRAP UPFRONT TAFE FEES
Labor Candidate for Braddon, Justine Keay, was joined by Deputy Labor Leader, Tanya Plibersek in Devonport today to announce that Braddon locals will be big winners from Labor’s plan to scrap upfront fees for 100,000 Australian TAFE students.
“Many trades face skills shortages – from carpenters to bricklayers to bakers to pastry cooks. But, upfront TAFE fees are making it difficult for Australians, including many people living in Braddon, to learn the skills they need to get the jobs they want. That’s why Labor will scrap upfront fees for TAFE students in priority industries,” Ms Keay said.
“The Liberals’ budget cuts have hit TAFE and training hard. In the last five years, more than $3 billion has been cut from TAFE and training. Australia has 140,000 fewer apprentices and trainees today than we did when the Liberals were first elected. The Braddon community has lost 704 apprentices and trainees under the Liberals,” Ms Keay said.
“Across the country, TAFE courses have been cut, campuses have closed, and TAFE teachers have lost their jobs,” Ms Plibersek said.
“This has reduced job opportunities, including for women, young people, and workers retraining later in life,” Ms Plibersek said.
“It has also limited our capacity to meet demand in growing occupations in the disability, health, aged care, and technology focused sectors,” Ms Plibersek said.
“Malcolm Turnbull is cutting TAFE and training to pay for his $80 billion tax giveaway to big business and the banks,” Senator Anne Urquhart said.
“In contrast, Labor has a plan to invest in TAFE and apprenticeships, and ensure Australians have the skills they need to succeed in our changing economy,” Senator Urquhart said.
In addition to our commitment to waive fees for 100,000 students, Labor will:
- Invest $100 million in modernising TAFE facilities around the country.
- Guarantee at least two out of three training dollars goes to TAFE.
- Ensure one in every ten jobs on Commonwealth priority projects are filled by Australians apprentices.
- Provide 10,000 pre-apprentice programs for young people who want to learn a trade.
- Provide 20,000 adult apprentice programs for older workers who need to retrain.
WEDNESDAY, 16 MAY 2018