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Labor's $1.5 million to build hospital training ward at Caboolture TAFE



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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING

SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN

THE HON SHANNON FENTIMAN MP

QLD MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS

QLD MINISTER FOR TRAINING AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS, TAFE AND APPRENTICESHIPS

SUSAN LAMB

LABOR CANDIDATE FOR LONGMAN

LABOR’S $1.5 MILLION TO BUILD HOSPITAL TRAINING WARD AT

CABOOLTURE TAFE

Labor will invest $1.5 million to build a brand new hospital training ward at

Caboolture TAFE to skill up the nurses and health workers of tomorrow.

The new hospital training ward will include state-of-the-art mannequins that

simulate actual patients so students get experience as close to reality as possible.

Labor’s candidate for Longman, Susan Lamb, said the investment was great news

for Moreton Bay because demand was soaring across the region for courses in

nursing and healthcare.

“As the National Disability Insurance Scheme gets up and running in our

community, we’ll need hundreds of extra nurses and other health workers,” Ms

Lamb said.

“I want locals to get those jobs, and I want them to get the best training right here

at Caboolture TAFE.”

The Deputy Labor Leader, Tanya Plibersek, said the Liberals had cut a massive $3

billion from TAFE and training.

“Labor can afford to invest in Caboolture TAFE, because unlike the Liberals we

aren’t giving a $17 billion of tax handout to the big banks,” Ms Plibersek said.

“Remember Susan’s opponent was part of the Campbell Newman regime that

gutted Queensland TAFE - 2,300 staff were sacked and TAFE campuses were

sold off.

“Just like Malcolm Turnbull, Susan’s opponent thinks giving billions of dollars away

to the big banks is more important than funding TAFE - the Liberals’ priorities are

all wrong.

“If you want funding for TAFE instead of banks, then you have to vote for Susan

and Labor.”

Queensland Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said

state Labor had been working hard to rebuild TAFE Queensland after Campbell

Newman’s horror cuts.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s $500,000 commitment to Caboolture TAFE is a

commitment to the people of this region and the skills workers will need for the jobs

of the future,” Ms Fentiman said.

“We will continue to support TAFE Queensland as the premier public provider of

vocational education training in this state.

“The recent state budget provided up to $85 million for three years in the

Advancing our Training Infrastructure election commitment, which will include

upgrades at Pimlico, Toowoomba, Cairns, and Mt Gravatt, and within the regions

of the Gold Coast and Redlands, including the Caboolture project.”

The Shadow Minister for Skills, TAFE and Apprenticeships, Doug Cameron, said

only Labor believed that every Australian should have the opportunity to get a

great education.

“That’s why we’re proud to support the health workers of the future to get the skills

and training they need in Moreton Bay,” Mr Cameron said.

“Labor will make TAFE the centrepiece of our training system - by ensuring at

least two thirds of training funding goes to TAFE, scrapping upfront fees for

100,000 TAFE students, and investing $100 million in a fund for new TAFE

buildings.”

Federal Labor will invest $1 million in the project. Queensland Labor will invest

$500,000.

TUESDAY, 10 JULY 2018

MEDIA CONTACTS:

DAN DORAN (PLIBERSEK) 0427 464 350

BERNADETTE CONDREN (FENTIMAN) 0417 296 116

JASON GILLICK (CAMERON) 0417 152 137

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.