State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, is calling on the Government to restore TAFE funding to help provide a strong economy.
The Premier, in her first media conference, nominated the development and maintenance of a strong economy as a major priority for her leadership.
But the O’Farrell-Baird-Berejiklian Government has overseen the defunding of NSW’s TAFE system and the poorly-implemented and managed Smart and Skilled Program.
Ms Hornery will this week move a Notice of Motion calling on the Minister for Skills to restore TAFE funding as skilled workers are essential for a strong economy.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“The Minister should roll back his failed Smart and Skilled policy and start making the right decisions for the State’s TAFE staff and students.”
“Throughout its history, TAFE has been a quality provider of education and training for people of all ages and all stages of their careers.”
“The courses that Glendale TAFE provide in my electorate are essential to our local economy, to the greater Newcastle and Hunter economies, in just the same way TAFE institutes around the state and country are crucial to Australia.”
“Government services are being whittled away and it is the battlers that end up missing out, when they can’t afford to pay for essential services like education.”
“In our community, youth unemployment continues to grow at an alarming rate and we should be encouraging people to seek further education, and upskill our workforce.”
“I call on the Government to invest in our future, invest in TAFE, and help keep the economy strong.”