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Gillard confirms another broken promise: Trades Training Centres.

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Gillard confirms another broken promise: Trades Training Centres

The Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard is still trying to spin the Rudd Government’s broken trades training centre promise, Christopher Pyne, Shadow Minister for Education said today.

“Labor’s election policy was explicit: Kevin Rudd promised to ‘build a new Trade Training Centre in all of Australia’s 2650 secondary schools’,” Mr Pyne said.

Speaking in Question Time in the House of Representatives today, Ms Gillard continued to pretend that the Rudd Government has not broken that promise.

“The truth is the funding provided to each school is so limited (an average of $900,000 each), schools are forced to pool their funds to build something that resembles a ‘trades training centre’,” he said.

“Consequently there won’t be a trades training centre in all schools as promised.

“Even Angelo Gavrielatos of the Australian Education Union said ‘$2.5 billion over 10 years is clearly a modest investment and won’t offer a long term solution to skills shortages’.

“The Trades Training Centres program has gone the way of the Computer for Schools program, with first one computer for every child, then one for every second child, and now in its death throes,” he said.

“That’s not to mention the costs of software, installation and maintenance for Computers in Schools, the $1.2 billion program potentially resulting in $3 to $4 billion in costs to the states bottom line according to their own estimates.

“Maybe it’s time for her to take a serious look at why the NSW Government has pulled out of Computers in Schools, why NSW Premier Nathan Rees said other jurisdictions had similar ‘serious reservations’, why SA is just replacing old computers for new, why ACT and WA have both complained about on-costs?,” Mr Pyne said.

21 October 2008


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