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Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Page: 9932


Senator CAMERON (New South Wales) (16:25): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator CAMERON: Labor opposes this proposition. This is an overt attack on the South Australian government. The government would know that the South Australian minister, Susan Close, has already announced that there will be an independent review of TAFE SA. It's no coincidence that Senator Fawcett wants a reporting date two weeks before the South Australian election. If the government really cared about a quality TAFE and VET system, they'd be responding to the abject failure of the competitive training market. They'd be investigating the for-profit education giants like Careers Australia, the company that pocketed $600 million in government-funded student loans and was graduating less than 20 per cent of their students—the same RTO that paid out $40 million to shareholders, and a year later put 1,000 staff out of work and left at least 15,000 students stranded.