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Thursday, 8 February 2007
Page: 8

Debate resumed from 7 February, on motion by Mr Hardgrave:

That this bill be now read a second time.

upon which Mr Stephen Smith moved by way of amendment:

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 recognises that the present Government has been complacent and neglectful about the Australian economy by:

(1)   presiding over a skills crisis through its continued failure over more than 10 long years in office to ensure Australians get the training they need to get a skilled job and meet the skills needs of the economy;

(2)   failing to make the necessary investments in our schools and TAFE systems to create opportunities for young Australians to access high quality vocational education and training, including at schools;

(3)   failing to increase the number of school-based traditional apprentices and provide funding support for schools in taking up the places;

(4)   creating expensive, inefficient, stand alone colleges, without cooperation with the States within the existing Vocational Education and Training framework;

(5)   riding roughshod over the States and Territories in establishing these Colleges, despite the role the States and Territories play in vocational education and training;

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

(7)   failing to provide support to other regions that have skill shortages, but are not listed for a Technical College”.