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School apprenticeships: Dr Kemp's new fraud on young people.

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Kim Carr - School Apprenticeships: Dr Kemp's New Fraud On Young People Thursday, 11 October 2001

School Apprenticeships: Dr Kemp's New Fraud On Young People Kim Carr - Parliamentary Secretary for Education

Media Statement - 10 October 2001

Dr Kemp has taken his misrepresentation of education policy to new heights with his release today of a policy pretending to improve new apprenticeship opportunities for school students, said Senator Kim Carr, Labor's Parliamentary Secretary for Education.

"I challenge Dr Kemp on four points," said Senator Carr.

"His claims that a further 30,000 additional places will be created are a cruel fraud. In fact, there are 6,000 school based apprenticeships already in place (with 60% in Queensland). He is really trying to claim credit for barely 1500 additional places each year, at a cost of more than $40 million!"

"Dr Kemp remains silent on the source of this funding. Dr Kemp must say whether this is new money or is it, as is so often the case with him, simply recycled funding dressed up as new?"

"According to departmental statistics more than 306,000 students (or 75% of year 11 and 12 enrolments) will take VET related subjects by 2004. Dr Kemp's gesture will aid a few thousand. What of the future of the 300,000 that he continues to ignore?"

"Finally, Dr Kemp is characteristically silent on quality issues. What is he doing to ensure that these apprenticeships give our young people the quality training they need to get a job?"

"Dr Kemp must answer these important issues. If he fails to do so, he stands condemned yet again as patently disinterested in the quality and welfare of our education system and Australia's future." Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.