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Thursday, 6 March 2014
Page: 1914

Vocational Education and Training

Ms PARKE (Fremantle) (15:06): My question is to the Prime Minister. The Assistant Minister for Education recently told ABC radio Perth that there is not enough Try-A-Trade for those kids in school. Why then is the Prime Minister cutting $1 billion from trade training centres in schools including around 30 new centres in Western Australia?


Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (15:06): Talking about trade training centres in schools, the former Labor government promised some 2,600 and it delivered less than 200. That is what happened. It made an enormous promise and it simply did not deliver them. I know that the former Labor government in the election campaign made a whole series of promises, including promises in this area. We made it very clear that we were not bound by them. It is as simple as that.