Denis Napthine’s TAFE cuts have devastated TAFE delivery at Ballarat University, now Federation University Australia, local Labor MP Geoff Howard said today.
Thousands of workers in the services sector – including banking, IT and call centres – would continue to be employed locally under a new policy announced by Opposition Leader, Daniel Andrews.
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Responding to the announcement by Premier Napthine that Vicroads may move to a site adjacent Ballarat’s Civic Hall, Geoff Howard MP, Member for Ballarat East, said that the announcement was a cynical act which lacked credibility.
The word 'delusional' is the only word you can think of when you hear the comments that are being made by members on the opposite side of the house, members of the government, with regard to this matter of public importance (MPI). In fact when you read the statement of the matter of public importance that was proposed by the Minister for Public Transport today, you have to check the date again: is it 1 April? No, it is 2 April. The government has missed the date, because this would have to be an April Fools Day trick if ever there was one.
I raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Higher Education and Skills. I ask the minister to take action to clarify for the people of Ballan and region the coalition policy in regard to TAFE and to confirm or otherwise that the coalition plans to construct a new TAFE or technical school in Ballan.