THURSDAY, 21 AUGUST 2014
New information – obtained from the Education Department through Senate Estimates – shows 65 eligible schools across Tasmania will never get the opportunity to have a Trade Training Centre because of Tony Abbott’s cuts.
This comes on top of cuts already announced in the Budget, which will see all federal youth unemployment prevention programs close their doors from next year.
“Cutting programs that give young Tasmanians the skills and experience they need to get a job simply can’t be justified – it’s a brake on economic growth,” Kate Ellis, Shadow Minister for Education said.
“All Tasmanian Liberals know these programs work, but they don’t have the guts to stand up to Tony Abbott and demand the cuts be reversed.”
Despite promising no cuts to education before the election, Tony Abbott has cancelled all future Trade Training Centres, cutting $950 million from the successful program; enough to build 650 new centres in schools across the country.
All three federal youth unemployment prevention programs have also been cut – Youth Connections, Partnership Brokers and National Career Advice; services that help young Tasmanians finish school, get work experience and plan their future.
Youth Connections has an 80 per cent success rate, and helps more than 750 Tasmanians each year to complete school and get a job.
With Tasmanian youth unemployment currently at 17.5 per cent, there will be a long-term price to pay for these cuts.
“If we look at welfare dependency, economic growth and even the crime rate, these will all head in the wrong direction as a result of cutting these programs,” Kate Ellis said.
“This really is robbing the next generation of a fair-go at the start of their working lives. Tony Abbott sees education as just a cost, but it is the smartest investment we can make for the future”
“When Tony Abbott said there would be no cuts to education, it is now clear that this was nothing but a con.”
Kate Ellis said it was not too late for these cuts to be reversed, if Tasmanian Liberal MPs and Senators are prepared to fight for their state.
“All they need to do is put the interests of Tasmanians ahead of their political mate, Tony Abbott,” Kate Ellis said.
List of schools confirmed by the Education Department as eligible for Trade Training Centre funding, but that will now not get the opportunity because of these cuts.
Flinders Island District High School
Lilydale District School
Northern Support School – Newstead Heights Campus
Northern Support School - St George's Campus
Prospect High School
Queechy High School
Riverside High School
Community Christian Academy
Herrick Presbyterian Covenant School
John Calvin School
Launceston Christian School
Launceston Church Grammar School
Scotch Oakburn College
Burnie High School
Devonport High School
King Island District High School
Latrobe High School
Parklands High School
Penguin High School
Reece High School
School of Special Education Burnie
School of Special Education Devonport
The Don College
Ulverstone High School
Wynyard High School
Geneva Christian College
Leighland Christian School
North West Christian School
Seabrook Christian School
Cosgrove High School
Montrose Bay High School
New Town High School
Ogilvie High School
Taroona High School
Hilliard Christian School
St Michael's Collegiate School
The Friends School
The Hutchins School
St Aloysius Catholic College
Clarence High School
Geilston Bay High School
Kingston High School
Rokeby High School
Rose Bay High School
Southern Support School
Christian Schools Tasmania
Eastside Lutheran College
Southern Christian College
Tarremah Steiner School
Bothwell District High School
Campbell Town District High School
Cressy District High School
Exeter High School
Giant Steps Tasmania