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    15   Australian Technical Colleges (Flexibility in Achieving Australia’s Skills Needs) Bill 2005

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the bill be now read a second time— And on the amendment moved thereto by Ms Macklin (Deputy Leader of the Opposition), viz.— That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: “whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House condemns the Government for:

(1)    creating a skills crisis through its continued failure to provide the necessary opportunities during their nine long years in office for Australians to get the training they need to get a decent job and meet the skills needs of the economy;

(2)    failing to train enough Australians in areas of skill shortage and relying on skilled migration;

(3)    exacerbating this crisis by failing to introduce Budget measures to train more Australians now, including Labor’s Trade Completion Bonus for traditional apprentices;

(4)    making Australian business wait until 2010 for the Technical Colleges to produce their first qualified tradesperson;

(5)    failing to double the number of school-based traditional apprentices and provide extra funding to support schools in taking up the places;

(6)    failing to further invest in our world-class school and TAFE systems to create opportunities for young Australians to access high quality vocational education and training at all schools, not just 24 Australian Technical Colleges;

(7)    its uncooperative and hostile attitude towards the States and Territories in establishing these Colleges, despite the central role the States and Territories will play in any successful operation;

(8)    failing to provide new support to other regions that also have high youth unemployment, an industry base and skill shortages, but are not listed for a Technical College; and

(9)    inappropriately using vocational education and training as a vehicle through which to drive their ideological industrial relations agenda which bears no relation to successful student outcomes”—

Debate resumed.

It being 2 p.m., the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 97, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.