Posted on 06. Sep, 2012 in Clayton Update

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has presented more than 28,000 signed petitions to State Parliament in Ballarat calling on the Baillieu Government to reverse its callous budget cuts to TAFE, State Member for Clayton, Mr Hong Lim, said today.

Mr Lim said many Clayton South East residents had signed the petition sending a clear message to Mr Baillieu that Victorians are outraged at the callous cuts and want the decision reversed.

“Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has led the fight against these nasty Baillieu Government TAFE cuts and I welcome the tabling of these petitions as State Parliament sits in regional Victoria,” Mr Lim said.

“The Clayton electorate community has banded together to send the message to Ted Baillieu that these savage cuts are taking education and training in Victoria backwards.

“Holmesglen TAFE which has three campuses located in Chadstone, Moorabbin and Glen Waverley will lose millions in annual funding which could lead to job losses, course cuts, increases to student fees and real difficulties for VET in Schools.

“The Baillieu Government TAFE cuts will severely impact residents in the South East to obtain training or re-skilling given the current economic climate.

“Victoria is in the midst of a jobs crisis because of the Baillieu Government’s failure to invest in our state.

“Mr Baillieu’s cuts will add more people from my electorate to the unemployment queue while at the same time limiting people’s opportunities to access affordable skills and training.”

Mr Lim said when the economy shrinks, responsible governments invest in skills and training to better prepare the workforce for recovery.

“Instead, the Baillieu Government is making unprecedented cuts that are devastating Holmesglen,” he said.

“The Clayton electorate community has made its case clear – Mr Baillieu must reverse these cuts and start supporting TAFEs across Victoria.”


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