Abbott reveals plan to cut TAFE funding to zero on National TAFE Day

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The Abbott government has added insult to serious injury with its plan to de-fund TAFE entirely around the country by releasing the plan on National TAFE Day.

Electrical Trades Union national secretary Allen Hicks slammed the move, saying TAFE was essential to the future economic security of Australia.
 
“For decades, TAFE has trained the skilled professionals who are the engine room of the Australian economy. Recently, we’ve seen that system under threat as successive governments have tried to privatise the VET sector.
 
“Now, on a national day to celebrate everything TAFE has achieved for the people of Australia, this government has released a plan to de-fund it entirely.”
 
Mr Hicks said it was no longer possible to trust the Abbott government on education.
 
“Yesterday, we saw their plan to charge parents to send their kids to school. Today, they want to reduce TAFE funding to zero dollars. What happens tomorrow?
 
“In addition to providing Australia with a broad skills base and economic fuel, TAFE has been the most accessible way for those in poverty to gain the skills they need for a better life,” Mr Hicks said.
 
“What Mr Abbott and his government are doing amounts to class warfare.”
 
Electrical Trades Union national apprenticeships officer Mark Burgess said the sector was already squeezed.
 
“We’ve seen close to $2 billion ripped out of the VET sector in the last two budgets. TAFE is bleeding badly,” he said.
 
“This plan reveals the government’s intentions, which is to allow it to bleed to death.”
 
For media enquiries contact Lachlan Williams, 0447 682 027, lachlan@etuaustralia.org.au

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