Posted on 16. Aug, 2012 in Clayton Update
Member for Clayton Hong Lim greeted hundreds of TAFE students, teachers and staff at Parliament House to make the point that the Baillieu Government’s harsh $290 million cuts to TAFE are totally unacceptable.
Mr Lim said the size of the crowd showed that Mr Baillieu had underestimated the impact the cuts to TAFE were having across the state.
“In the Clayton electorate and all across the state Mr Baillieu’s TAFE cuts are causing pain,” Mr Lim said.
“Mr Baillieu’s unprecedented assault on TAFE is forcing institutes to consider closing campuses, sacking staff, cancelling courses ad putting up fees.
“I am extremely concerned about local students attending Holmesglen TAFE as they have three campuses surrounding the Clayton electorate in Moorabbin, Chadstone and Glen Waverley”. Mr Lim said the cuts were also coming at the worst time for Victoria, with major job losses being announced almost every day in different areas of the economy.
“When the economy is contracting, responsible governments invest in skills and training to better prepare the workforce for recovery,” he said.
“But Mr Baillieu is doing exactly the opposite and devastating TAFE institutes around Victoria and, in fact, he is adding more people to the unemployment queue.
“The community has banded together to send the message to Ted Baillieu that these savage cuts are taking education and training in Victoria backwards.”