Media Release: TAFE faces new threat from planned Federal takeover and privatisation of vocational education and training.
4 February 2016
The Federal government’s proposed takeover of vocational education and training as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald would spell the the end of TAFE and Australia’s system of quality public technical and skills training, according to Greens NSW MP and acting Education spokesperson David Shoebridge.
A document prepared for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in March outlines a plan for the Federal government to take over the VET budget for every state, coupled with massive deregulation of course prices and forcing TAFE to compete for all funding against private providers.
The plan comes while the liability of the government’s income-contingent VET loan scheme VET-HELP is predicted to blow out to $4 billion due to widespread rorting and exploitation by unregulated private VET providers.
In July 2014, the NSW Liberal National government announced that they wanted to make NSW “Australia’s answer to California” when it came to renewable energy generation .
Greens MP John Kaye has been diagnosed with cancer that has resulted in the need for therapy and treatment, including a hip replacement. [Read more…]
Fair trading ministers from around the country are currently developing a national standard for free-range eggs.
The public submission period has now closed, but the industrial producers are lobbying hard to try and stop the release of a standard that would protect consumers and animals.
Their latest argument? That ‘free-range’ should mean that hens are only given the possibility to go outside, even if they never access the range. [Read more…]
Media release: 16 December 2015
Jobs in the Illawarra and services to retirees across the state are once again at risk as NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian puts the superannuation front-end company Pillar on the privatisation chopping block, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
The NSW Office of Fair Trading has begun enforcing a two year old law that deeply misleads motorists about the energy and sulphur content of E10 petrol, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.