290_transparent_logoSTC.pngCommunities across the country are rallying to support their highly regarded, world- class TAFE system. 

14,779 Supporters

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scott parisi says: Stop the cuts!
Cindy Atcheson says: TAFE is vital to maintaining an educated and trained workforce. Why would the government withdraw its support?
G. Spinks says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Carol Clarkson says: Stop all cuts to education. Stop making our country stupid.
Anna Tychsen says: We don't want funding cuts to our already overstretched TAFE SYSTEM.
Maris Bruzgulis says: We are not a poor society. Yet our conservative governments seem hell bent on taking away from those who have the least. Is it their desire to drive them into penury? Or do they believe that the rich can only feel as rich as they are if they are surrounded by oceans of poor people?
Maria Arranz says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
John mcdonald says: What do you want us all on the dole because we carnt afford to educate our selfs i bet you didn't face this expense imposed upon you when you were being educated shame on you you have no heart
Graeme Tychsen says: Australian egalitarianism, society covers costs to first post-school qualification.
Rhiannon Noltorp says: ex TAFE teacher
Marcelle Freiman says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Gail Grills says: All Australians deserve an affordable education if we are to remain a player on the world stage. Intelligence is not based on the finances of your family. We should not strive to make educational institutions financial successes - their success is demonstrated / measured by their graduates' contributions to our society.
Michael Gleave says: Stop TAFE funding cuts which can only lead to a less educated and equipped workforce
Lynne van der Poll says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Helen Forbes says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Yvonne Simonetti says: STOP TAFE CUTS.....everyone has the right to affordable education...What is the government frightened the "lower class" will rise up take over ???
Elizabeth Shannon says: An education for all is vital to the future of our country. Where will our tradesmen and skilled workers come from if TAFE cuts go ahead?
Steve says: leave the Tafe & university systems alone, , education is a right,not to enjoyed only by the rich
Andrew Miller says: Education is the foundation for the countries future and it should be available to all at a reasonable cost.
Leanne Plackson says: The provision of education and skills training is very important to the well being of Australia as a whole. The role of TAFE is critical in educating all Australians and further cost cuts are not acceptable.
John Lowndes says: TAFE needs protecting.
Peter Lee says: This Government cuts moneys from the TAFE bubget and then supports opposition to bringing tradesmen from overseas. Baird should realise that all education is a right for our people and that education fundung is not a political toy.
Steve Bull says: Protect TAFE. Don't hand education to Mickey Mouse private institutions and allow quality public education to die! If you simply unable to tax to the Big End of Town, I am HAPPY TO PAY MORE TAX.
Tom Forsyth says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Tony Oldfield says: Education is an investment in our future, cut the investment and you play games with our future.
Aaron Mills says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Janet murchie says: I am a teacher at TAFE . THe increase in fees makes education for many inaccessible. Education should be a right not a privilege! Stop cuts to TAFE
lesley kinney says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Ian roche says: Nazis
Aimee Smith says: If you want an educates country you need to make it possible for us to afford an education!
Zena says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Jacque Bayarlia says: Studying is a right for young Australian. If the children. If you invest in education today, you are investing in a better future for Australia, so please stop TAFE cuts.
Glenda Planten says: Public dollars to support public services. Stop funding private services and Australia would have enough to fund ALL public education institutions.
J. Langenstrass says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Philip says: Stop cuts to higher education
David Duffin says: We don't need to privatise assets we already own.
Imre J Lazar says: Start the cuts with the pay cuts to cabinet and the premier
KATI VARELA says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Leontine P Barnett says: So much for 'the clever country!!'
Matthew Clarke says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Rohan Bernett says: The United States provides a demonstration of the kind of mess you get if you allow short-sighted clueless politicians to cut education. Don't let the same happen here in Australia. Don't cut TAFE or any other part of the educational system. We need brains. It's the only way we can compete with the rest of the world. We have a reputation as a nation of innovators and we cannot keep that reputation without a robust educational system. In fact, I would support a move to outright ban non-government-funded education, as is the case in Finland.
Anne Allan says: Equal opportunity for all young Australians please. The greatest gift we can give to "our" children is education; that is how Australia was built and it's greatest hope for the future.
Doug Reckord says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Stuart anderson says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Shirley Woodland says: Stop the cuts and allow people access to education and training to increase their earnings potential; contribute to increases in productivity; job satisfaction and a rewarding career and; to enhance standards of living.
John Corbett says: The continued support for TAFE to be available for all is most important to the people of NSW and any party that attempts to reduce access to it must be stopped.
Jim Ellway says: Privatisation leads to profit as the main agenda ahead of quality in delivery & content, & full delivery time.
Jane Banbury says: Stop tafe cuts! Education should be the RIGHT of every Australian!
Danny Ormay says: Stop TAFE cuts!
sharon murphy says: My son has applied for a TAFE course and was informed on the smart and skilled website that he would actually have to pay more than the course amount as he has completed a certificate III course. Stop penalising people for trying to better themselves. My husband, who is disabled, and can't travel very well had to quit TAFE as the course he wanted to continue with was not available where he could access it. TAFE is not only an educational institution but it also offers a social outlet for people who are unable to work. Thanks a lot Abbot government
Robert Patrick says: We need TAFE to educate our future workers.
Hayden Walsh says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Robyn Mclachlan says: Australia's future depends on skilled labour, our youth MUST be trained
Glenn King says: Liberal/Coalition Governments - privileged children from the privileged class...have NO idea of just how the Workers of this nation struggle. And now, further cuts to Tafe, attempts to massively increase Uni Fees as well. Big L does not want an educated working class who can stand against them. Education is a RIGHT for all... not just for the privileged politicians and their supporters
DEIDRE V WILLIAMS says: Access for all not just those with financial capacity is the way to create a healthy and progressive society. Limiting access will create disaffection and disempower and results in last resort anger and most often violence against privilege (the class concept). Dont cut access create a fairer tax system instead.
Michael Riepon says: Inequality comes in many forms, but the harder we make it to get an education, the more inequality occurs. The state and federal governments are destroying the lives of millions and are creating new generation of poverty and ignorance.
Isabella Ramirra says: Education is an asset not a liability.
Julie Flanigan says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Mary-anne Bridge says: As an older student I found the TAFE system helped me immensely, but could not understand all the reduction in funding to TAFE while I was a student and how the teachers and administrators still managed to deliver as best they could what the students required. But it was a struggle and I found the reduction in funding and comprises made the TAFE system unprofessional and the students suffered. How many times can you make cuts until something becomes totally obsolete and you can say it doesn't work and you are given an excuse to shut it down. We have seen and are already seeing what happens with these private education organisations that not only rip off students but all the government and after all it is our money you are mismanaging! And you think we do not know that the governments rich mates are the benefactors of these private organisations. The TAFE system was a wonderful education system, and as with everything improvements and changes must take place. But you do not achieve by cutting to the bone and some of the changes do not benefit the public. So I am disappointed with the present changes but still more disappointed with further cuts, so I can only add as someone who had intended to do some further TAFE courses to help with my career I have given up and I don't trust it anymore.
Mary WOODBURNE says: Tafe filled an enormous gap in Australian education. It enabled people to become valued members of the economy and was within the financial reach of all. Australia cannot afford to destroy the purposes of such an educational institution.
Dr Michael Cotter says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Ellora says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Claire McMahon says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Jenny Brown says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Melinda Campbell says: I would still be unemployable if it wasn't for government assisted tafe courses. I was 36 when I started tafe & am now 52 & still employed/employable. Stop the cuts please
Caro says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Martin Yan says: I support this petition!
Francis Neasy says: We need to keep our high standards of education for everyone not just the well off.
Iolanda Chan says: Stop the cut for education, the young generation is this country's future.
Nikki Wagner says: We used to be called "The Clever Country" but I fear we are falling way behind other "clever" nations when it comes to providing quality education for ALL citizens- without huge fees!
Brigitte Grath says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
peter Killen says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Julie says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Lynda Fletcher says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Vicki says: Smart & skilled???? How when you can not afford to be. Just does not make sense.
Kathleen arundell says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Joanne Hawkins says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Laura Brennan says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Ian Hainsworth says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Clayton Stellmaker says: Stop the TAFE cuts and allow everyone to obtain an education.
Helen Glen says: Education is the key to better life choices for all.
Deb Roberts says: TAFE gives people of all ages hands on skills to be able to get experience to join the work force. One of the most important forms of education for low income families. Stop TAFE Cuts!!!
Lorraine Antonini says: Training or retraining is a right for all people regardless of their economic status. It enriches our society as well as the lives of all who want to further their education, upgrade their skills or change the work they do.
Frances Hayes says: The disadvantaged in NSW are suffering through having Tafe courses cut, farmed out to inferior educators, or having cripplingly expensive fees. You are throwing the baby out with the bath water and creating a huge underclass.
Mark Smith says: I attended TAFE throughout most of the '80's. Great teaching, and I learnt many skills. Do we want a skilled Australia? Keep TAFE.
Wayne Rowles says: Hands off TAFE Liberal Nationals,this is an institution for better standards of living,through education.
Rozie says: Education for all - not just the wealthy.
Georgia Garling says: Stop the cuts to TAFE. Education is a right for ALL!
Helen Simpson says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Helena Lyons says: Education for everyone. What are you afraid of?
Douglas Steed says: It is a government's responsibility to provide for the public the best of education, health, energy, infrastructure & welfare support, not private enterprise who have as their only aim to profit rather than provide.
Debbie Renshaw says: I undertook my enrolled nursing course through Werrington Tafe and have worked in the public health system since 1997. You are eroding away TAFE and making people have to attend privatised colleges with astronomical charges all because you want to make your private educators friends a good deal. My son attended Redfern TAFE College of performing arts and what a godsend this course was to him and all the other students in hsi group. Shame on you
Claudia says: Education is the key to most world problems. By your continued efforts to privatise education you are in effect going to cause so many more problems in the future. I am sure that you among others of your age group were privileged enough to afford an education, which is what got you to where you are today. I achieved my education through much struggle, as I am not from a wealthy family. I fear that through the privatisation process, we as a society will suffer. We will miss out on some brilliant minds that could have been nurtured to make a difference. This does not seem like a fair system to me! STOP trying to run higher education as a business, the same way that primary and secondary schools are heading.
earle pryor says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Bridget delahunty says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
mariea Whittle says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Antonella says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Kim Bulkeley says: I believe in a strong publicly funded education system to support our children. Our future depends on it.
Stephen Jones 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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