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Budget 2018: More cuts and uncertainty for TAFE and skills



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SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS AND APPRENTICESHIPS SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

MORE CUTS AND UNCERTAINTY FOR TAFE AND SKILLS

Malcolm Turnbull is slashing funds from skills and TAFE to pay for big business tax handouts.

The 2018 Budget cuts an extra $270 million from TAFE and training, on top of the more than $3 billion cuts in previous Liberal Budgets.

The Budget confirms what Labor has said for the past year - the Skilling Australians Fund reliance on foreign worker visa fees renders it highly vulnerable and unstable.

The cuts to the Fund will further erode confidence and make it harder for the Turnbull government to finalise the long-overdue national partnership skills agreement with the states.

Once again Turnbull’s priorities are completely wrong. No government should prioritise tax cuts for foreign shareholders and the big banks while cutting federal government support for vocational education and training.

Labor believes Australian families want their taxes to fund a future for young people not increase bank profits and executive salaries.

Malcolm Turnbull can’t find the money to properly fund TAFE and training but he can find $80 billion to give big business and the banks a tax handout.

The 2018 Budget makes the choice at the next election even clearer: Labor will invest in TAFE, skills and vocational education. The Liberals will rip funding away to give it to big business and the banks.

THURSDAY, 10 MAY 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: LUKE WHITINGTON 0422 265 775

Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra