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Senator Sue Boyce Liberal - Queensland

Electorate Office: Level 9, 301 Coronation Drive, Milton, Qld

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 17 APRIL 2008

LABOR CUTS TRAINING CENTRE

The Rudd Government has reneged on a Coalition Government initiative to fund an important training and skills based program in Mackay.

Senator Sue Boyce, Senator for Queensland, wants the Rudd Government to fulfil the commitment of the Howard Government of $5m allocated toward the Mining Simulator Research, Development and Training Centre at the Mackay campus of Central Queensland University.

“The Rudd Labor government talks constantly about the need to have a skilled workforce, but in reality they do little to fund the necessary facilities.

“The Mackay facility is a joint initiative of the CQU and the Mining Industry Skills Centre, and will provide the mining industry with skilled workers who will be 80% trained prior to them entering the mining site.

“Simulation training is an effective means of skilling workers in correct safety methods and has been proven in a number of industries.

“The establishment of the Simulator Centre in Mackay would benefit workers and the industry in Central Queensland. I am sure the unions would not support a decision that would have a negative impact on safety,” Senator Boyce said.

“The Rudd Razor gang has axed this initiative, and this is a short-sighted, penny pinching decision that benefits no-one.

“When our foremost export industry is looking for skilled workers, and this facility being purpose built to provide these skilled workers, the Rudd Government’s decision to withdraw this funding is nothing short of astounding.”

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