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Second State Government launches inquiry into TAFE abuse.

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Media Release


Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate

Labor’s Parliamentary Secretary for Education






“Yesterdays decision by the Tasmanian government to launch an inquiry into vocational education and training comes on the heels of a similar Queensland inquiry into growing problems with Dr Kemp’s scheme” Labor’s Parliamentary Secretary for Education said today.


When announcing the inquiry, Tasmanian Education Minister, Paula Wriedt, confirmed concern that “some Federal /State government training incentives schemes are being collected by employers to subsidise their wage costs without ensuring that the skills of young people are being developed”


“Despite Dr Kemp’s assurances that all is fine with his TAFE funding scheme, especially New Apprenticeships, we now have two state governments so concerned about the rapidly diminishing quality of our nations training system that they are conducting their own formal inquiries,” Senator Carr said.


The announcement comes after large volumes of evidence, including numerous statutory declarations, involving rorting of employer incentives and failure to provide training were tabled in Senate Estimates earlier this week.


“This evidence flies in the face of Dr Kemp’s public assurances that the government was ‘very, very happy overall, let me say, with the quality of training that’s being provided.’


“Queensland was the first State Government to announce an inquiry into VET following that State’s concerns that the objectives of the original New Apprenticeship objectives were not being.


“Australia’s $300 million trainee subsidy scheme is so poorly administered that large national companies are receiving very large sums of public money with virtually no accountability that the training paid for is actually occurring.


“It’s time Dr Kemp acknowledged the extent of the scandal and worked with the states in an effort to get our national system of vocational education and training back on track,” Senator Carr said.


For further information contact: Senator Kim Carr 0419 563922 Steven Herbert on 02 62773730



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