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Lyn Kensey says: We need further education other than Universities and it needs to be free so we continue to have skilled tradespeople and workers to help keep Australia great.
Glenda Gavin says: The more that is spent on education means that ultimately less will need to be spent on health care and residual welfare.
timothy fernandez says: These cuts are absolutely ridiculous. Most courses are looking at an almost 2000% increase in price which for most tafe students, is unmanageable.
Matt Collinson says: How does Abbott expect leaner's to become lifters without the skills to make them employable. These cuts and changes will just bring a greater skill shortage.
Nikki Leach says: I want to go to TAFE to do a diploma of applied fashion design at technology but due to the cuts its MORE EXPENSIVE than a bachelor of fashion design at UTS... its getting ridiculous.
David Robinson says: State and Federal governments can not shirk their responsibility to support education.
Lynette Walton says: i have just been quoted $8210 in Tafe fees in an attempt to retrain to get off welfare! I have been unemployed for 5 years and I feel that these commercial rate charges discriminate against mature unemployed people who need to retrain in order to obtain work. If I cannot retrain I will remain unemployed and on benefits because there is no work where i live that matches my skills set It will cost the government more in the long term to keep me on newstart than it would to offer me the concessional rate at Tafe to allow me to become a taxpaying member of the workforce.. I guess I'm not alone.
Phil Harris says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Diana Tilley-Winyard says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
susan perriotte says: Cutting Tafe funding is ridiculous, it is a pathway for lower classes to gain an education and is also important for Trade apprenticeships, etc. If you can't get a job how do you pay for the course costs? Most jobs you can't get without an education. It is a catch 22 situation. Don't keep the poor in poverty, everyone should have an opportunity to climb the career ladder.
Laura Williams says: Stop cuts to TAFE!
Monique Galloway says: Australia needs skilled workers, this is a no brainer!
BARRY (BARNEY) GARDNER says: Young Australians who leave school and do not want to attend University, but wish to learn a Trade should be given every opportunity to do so!!! Governments who whine about unemployment numbers here is a way to cut back the figures don't "Cut Back" the availability of Trades Courses!!!
Uta Fischer says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
jennifer baggs says: Education is a right not a privilage. Everyone and anyone should be able a get a free education.
Liliana Capacchione says: Stop the fee hikes for TAFE students. These cuts are creating a greater divide between the rich and the poor. For those who can't afford to go to university, TAFE is their next reassurance for an education and vocation. Increasing fees at TAFE is now taking that away from them.
mlionnet says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Peter OÇonnell says: It is apparent that the federal government is doing its best to de skill the working class by changing the system to drive down labour rates, If these changes are to occur than we will revert to a time where only the wealthy will be able to access education and training and the class divide will grow. All Australian should be afforded the opportunity to achieve not just the wealthy
graeme rommell says: Please stop cuts to education and maintain a future for our young people
Dominique elysee says: Stop TAFEcuts and ensure the future of Australian citizens
barbara watanabe says: Please reconsider cuts by stealth to TAFE under the Smart & Skilled programme. I will not vote for a government that believes in further cutbacks to education.
Peter Buckland says: TAFE cources need to be implemented when students turn 15. Smart and Skilled means cources are to academic and students leave school as they can't cope.
Glenys Campbell says: The amount of cut backs to the education sector is disgraceful. Limited education = limited capacity to gain employment and have a decent life. STOP UNDERVALUING EDUCATION AND THE RIGHT OF THE AVERAGE PERSON TO HAVE ACCESS TO IT!
Roberta di Brazza says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Mike Giblin says: TAFE must be supported not Cut! The private colleges have an appalling record on governance, teaching programmes and student results.
Brendan o'Kane says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Greg Slabb says: Its disappointing the way this government is selling out Australia to these multinational companies and pressure from profit hungry overseas interests. Apparently Australia is open for business but the actual costs to Australia will be huge in this ridiculous sellout of the country.
Brigid says: If anything we need MORE funding for TAFE, not less. The decision to cut funding is a very short-sighted one that will not help anybody.
andrew taylor says: Please reconsider cutting TAFE. Young people, regional Australians and those most vulnerable to unemployment will suffer.
jo tolley says: if young kids want to go to tafe a get a trade why would you make it more difficult for them, stops people from overseas coming to Australia and taking our jobs
Tim Jones says: Dissipating Public Money on For Profit Providers in the Education and Training sector can only take funding away from the majority of people seeking to improve their education and skill development to contribute to Australia and its' economy.
Linda Kristian says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
michele hacking says: Our future depends on access to opportunities through education. Let's do better than cutting more essential services.
Julie Blanch says: Please spare a thought for us parents!!! Education in this country is expensive as it is already, and our children are leaving this lucky country to go overseas where they are appreciated and can access education and jobs so much easier than "home" I have 3 nieces who have left uni/Tafe here in australia due to exorbitant fees, 2 now in canada and 1 in Germany. I have 2 children, and my daughter is already planning to go overseas if fees get out of control. Schooling is compulsory , the fees arent!
Doug Erskine says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Marisa Quattrocchi says: As a Careers Advisor in a High School. I am greatly concerned with the increase in tertiary education costs proposed by the Federal Government via the deregulation of university fees and by the NSW Government's TAFE course fee increases. This will have a direct impact on many of my students who will either not be able to afford the cost of Tertiary study or will but themselves in considerable debt to undertake Tertiary study. This to me seems a very short sighted plan that the Liberal Party is imposing and will only cause us to fall behind in comparision to other countries. With globaliosation of the workforce - we need to be encouraging further tertiary education so that we can be more competitive in the global employment market.
Marika De Vecchis says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Lynda Foott says: Give our kids a go
K Morgan says: Education for all, not just those who can afford the fees imposed.
Denise Gordon says: Tafe is vitally important to all levels of those in our society
Jill Prowse says: TAFE is such a fantastic educational opportunity for so many people! It is a second chance for many, who did not get the opportunity to be educated earlier in life and an opportunity for an educational pathway for our youth. Education leads to career opportunities and the ability to be a productive citizen in society. I see it (in some cases) as a preventative for social marginalization and crime in our society, as it gives opportunities to so many disadvantaged people. Cuts in funding to TAFE are short sighted and harmful to our wider society. Stop the TAFE cuts now!
Tod Mirgis says: Making education more inaccessable is hardly the way forward for a progressive nation.
Christine Harkness says: Education is a necessity and more so for those that these extreme costs to be educated will be beyond their reach. Everyone deserves equal chance to a future of choice not poverty.
Tony Robinson says: Let's stop the Dirty Little Habit ruining our public services.
Maxyne Graham says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Wendy Chen says: The TAFE system provides NSW with skilled workers. By making TAFE cuts, the impact on quality training would be affected.
Deb Norberry says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
roy marsters says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
kit shepherd says: An egalitarian society needs a strong public education system. Without this, valuable human resource remains unrecognised, and social unrest ferments.
Rod MacLennan says: Keep your grubby hands off our Uni and TAFE institutions. They need more funding not less.
Vanessa says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Arundhati Tandel says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Brenda Barber says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
JP says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Lisa James says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
John Abdel-Ahad says: Education is the key to sustainable economic, cultural and social sucess. As such, high quality education should be available to people from all socio-economic backgrounds. With your cuts to education, you are hurting the very same people that governments should be assisting.
Ros phillips says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Carol Beddie says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Brett Windon says: Education is vital to the future of Australia.
Fergus Taylor says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Ray jaeger says: Australian government can spend $1/2 billion on 2 days of talking and fun for world leaders(greed 20) and then tell me there is no money for education. Stop spending on the greedy and educate people and look after there health as the government has shown there is plenty of money for them
Maggie Kyle says: The latest media coverage of the abuses of private training facilities (e.g. Evocca College Parramatta) make this even more important to address. Public Education and Training is a much better use of tax payer money than funding private institutions that are not accountable. Maggie Kyle
Rose says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Gary Burton says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Valmai Champ says: This is a very short sighted move. When the unemployed are being demonised more than ever cutting their chance to get an education and therefore a job does not make any sense.
Mary O'Connell says: Attacks on the young and working people have to stop. This country has a great courageous tradition of seeking and affirming social justice. Education is a powerful developmental process for inner as well as material knowledge and wellbeing. Its not just the rich or middleclasses who are entitled to such things.
guy lederbauer says: TAFE really helps the students in our area where there are few jobs and many families with multigenerational disaffection.
Indira Gonsalkorale says: Australia needs a qualified workforce without which the government's plans for Australian innovation, research and industry excellence cannot be fulfilled. Cutting education funding is short sighted and self defeating, revenue now for poverty later.
nerida says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Colin Hesse says: TAFE is a vital, quality educator that both students and employers can reply upon. Education must be focused on quality, not profits, and Government must support TAFE fully to ensure NSW and Australia have the qualified people we need to make a better society.
Melissa Dryden says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Raymond Harty OAM says: Skill formation and a highly skilled workforce is fundamental to our quality of life, standard of living. Australia is unique in many ways we do not want an Americanised Labour market, privatises education and health system. Stand up people and defend what makes Australia great.
Gordon King says: TAFE is an essential, and in many instances, the only pathway to a brighter future for many Australians. No cuts to TAFE
Karen Lee says: All the changes that are being made by this government are hitting the most venerable minimum wages and unemployed TAFE is the only option left, it got me the qualifications I needed to get my job, there is no extra money to find people are struggling and TAFE is needed to give even the most basic of education for those who have nothing else and want to make something of themselves. It is great to not have to travel too far to get to a TAFE and get the skills to get a job.
Marianne Wagner says: Dear Premier Baird, The situation at NSWTAFE is dire, especially for migrants with overseas qualifications who need to improve their English. The TAFE calculator does not seem to be able to give such students a reasonable fee for the English courses they need in order to be able to seek work in Australia. . I strongly urge you to look into this matter, and into the question of drastic fee increases in TAFE in general, in addition to the recommended increases in class sizes and the reduction in course hours. This is not a "smart" policy, nor will it lead to more 'skllls" for NSW. Thank you, Marianne Wagner
Brian Dickson says: Short term illogical and so stupid. This government are there for you, if you have money.
Vanessa says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Hellen Ring says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Zeny Foster says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Juliet Docwra says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
julia.drury says: Education is the future. Invest now, don't cut!
Sara Garrett says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Sharyn Curtin says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Martin Whelan says: TAFE provides opportunities for students who would otherwise be out of work, due to a lack of skills and experience. Reducing the funding to TAFE is forcing teachers to reduce delivery to balance the books. That's not quality education.
Graeme Paterson says: education is a right for all people to be able to access, not an affordability issue
Rick Briske says: My children's future will more than likely rely on a TAFE education. STOP the cuts.
John Burgess says: education an opportunity for all, not just Abbott's wealthy
Rebecca Fowler says: TAFE should be available for everyone!
Nelson says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
oksana zinenko says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
JanT says: Rather than cut funding from affordable pathways for many young school leavers, investment in training our youth is more vital then ever before. NO CUTS FROM PUBLIC EDUCATION.
Ruth odwyer says: TAFE are the future of our youth
Elizabeth Dark says: Education is our future
Donna Cooper says: This is disgraceful, the country is going backwards, there are no jobs now and there doesnt look like there will be any in the future. This has to stop its a national disgrace, please answer mehow Mr Abbotts daughter gets her $60,000.00 scholar ship and everyone else is struggling in all areas of their lives. The government should be ashamed of themselves
Poppy says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Jane Scott says: I'm a worker with a disability. I have needed to retrain several times largely because having a disability makes it harder to find and stay in work. TAFE cuts will only make things worse.
Pal Fekete says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Gina Thornton says: I am yet to see positive results from government cuts or privatisation. Usually it means those of us in regional areas are once again treated like second class citizens. Stop the cuts to edcucation
Jennifer Nulty says: Stop the TAFE cuts!

TAFE institutions around Australia are struggling under the impact of state budget cuts, and underfunding.

Courses are being cut, student fees have risen, campuses are closing and teachers are losing their jobs.

Communities across the country are rallying to support their highly regarded, world-class TAFE system.


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