Tragic day for public education as the government’s TasTAFE demolition bill passes
Education Minister Sarah Courtney achieved her woefully misguided goal of putting wrecking action through TasTAFE with the Gutwein government’s TasTAFE Skills and Business Training Bill which was passed by the Legislative Council.
TAFE shadow minister Josh Willie said the government and Ms Courtney had done nothing more than an attack on TasTAFE, based on ideology rather than what is best for students and staff of the training institution.
“It is little more than a labor dispute disguised as reform and it will lead to a loss of high quality, structured training which will be bad for students,” said Willie.
“Ms. Courtney is determined to gut TAFE and now – tragically – staff and students will see the results.
Unfortunately, this minister completely ignored the evidence that was clearly at her disposal – that these reforms have not worked in other states and have resulted in the eviction of public training institutions and cuts to courses. important such as child care, care for the elderly and disability.
“She refused to truly consult and she refused to listen to the staff at the coal mine.
“The Liberal government has treated with contempt and contempt all those who work in the TasTAFE system and all the students who depend on it for their career paths.
“The courses are nationally accredited, this bill will not change that – what it will do is fundamentally change the workforce at TasTAFE, with increased casualization.
“As part of the government’s plan, the quality training at TasTAFE will be dismantled and it will become a budget version of itself.
Josh Willie MLC
Shadow Minister of TAFE