MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Higher education: TAFE funding – Thursday, 24 May 2012

Posted on 31. May, 2012 in Speeches

Mr LIM (Clayton) — I rise to lament the Baillieu government’s savage $290 million cuts to our TAFE system, which will cost 2000 jobs and hundreds of courses. The Victorian economy is going backwards under this government. We have a skills shortage and need to be providing more training opportunities. TAFE campuses in Victoria play an extremely important role in providing opportunities for Victorians to up‑skill, to further their education or to gain a trade certificate so they can access more highly skilled and better paid jobs.

These funding cutbacks fly in the face of the Council of Australian Governments agreement signed in April this year with the federal government and will brutally affect the operation of the successful local campuses of Holmesglen and Chisholm, used by many young people in my Clayton electorate. I wonder what the members for Mount Waverley, Bentleigh, Mordialloc, Carrum and Frankston have to say in supporting such savage cuts. They are indefensible, and the minister responsible needs to explain how he accepted the budget cuts while the government is still holding out its hands for the additional federal funding as per the agreement reached just last April.

It is shameless. Students, parents, teachers and employers are outraged by these cuts. Everyone is outraged by these cuts except members of the Liberal and Nationals parties. I call on members of these parties to support their constituents by demanding — —

The DEPUTY SPEAKER — Order! The member’s time has expired.


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