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WENDY says: Stop the cuts to TAFE! Too many courses are unavailable in Grafton. It has been gradually becoming downgraded with fewer choices for study. We are already disadvantaged by being a rural community as far as study options for our school leavers. Where will it end?
stephen.mason says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Adam Obeid says: Stop TAFE cuts!
Kathryn says: Abbott is killing off everything good in this country. The pain will be felt long after he has gone to a comfortable retirement.
judy cooney says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
sherree bond-carey says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Kate Hoffacker says: The future of our economy depends on the opportunity of education for All.
Brittany smith says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Geraldine Callan says: Stop the TAFE cuts and invest in a smart Australia!
Sally Lao says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Niven Williams says: Public education funding at all levels is an investment in the future. Low investment will low return. The state and federal Liberal governments must stop attacking TAFE and TAFE students.
Catherine Bouris says: I loved my TAFE course, and I met a variety of people through it, all of whom were hoping to turn it into a new start for themselves. TAFE provides a valuable service and practical courses that are more accessible to the majority of Australians than university or private colleges.
Vicki Findlay says: TAFE is an important part of education system that provides us with excellence in trades and also offers another education pathway for those who school did not work for. We need a quality publicly funded affordable TAFE system.
Natalie Fegan says: Cuts to my Disability Pension + increases in TAFE fees = I can't complete my course. Simple but sad math.
Hannah says: Stop tafe cuts!
Elizabeth Murray says: Tafe is essential. ..I put my hand up in support.
Muriel Kinson says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Raina Turner says: Stop the TAFE Cuts!
Tony Gubbins says: With youth unemployment at record levels, only arrogant, uncaring, out of touch politicians would stoop to such record lows!
Deborah Trevan-Catling says: For our society's sake we need access to second chance eduation otherwise we will be creating a world of haves vs havenots!
Isaac Smith says: The future of our country is at stake when you take opportunities away from people. Training, apprentices and skills development is getting harder under this unfair government!
Megan Hayward says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Monika Jelic says: Stop the tafe cuts!
Blake A Moore says: I have done three courses at TAFE and have a disability, these cuts will mean my children and others with a disability will not be able to afford to do further education.
Jennifer Ruming says: Not everyone can afford university nor wants to go there to further their education. Tradies need TAFE!!
Billie says: Continue to fund our TAFE! Lets keep giving Australians a Fair Go at affordable second chance education....
Jennifer Fahey says: Free Public education is a must for a successful Australian future
Ian Frost says: TAFE trains people for their next job; that may be an apprentice learning to be a tradesperson, it may be someone looking to advance themselves in their current employment, or another re-inventing their career choice to remain employable... NO TAFE = economic stagnation which benefits no-one, including employers. When TAFE is gone, who will give your children the skills to advance themselves?
jason says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Samantha says: In a middle class working family, I am lucky enough to afford to pay for my and my children's education, barely, but it's possible. But what makes me more entitled to an education and qualifications needed to get out there into the work place? Nothing. EVERYONE is entitled to an education, and T.A.F.E is that platform that offers equal access to education and training to everybody.
Jim O'Neill says: TAFE has been the place where all people have equal access to learn skills , from pastrycook to boilermakers , from gardening to I.T. , no matter what age no matter what skills chances are they are taught at T.A.F.E . Why wreck that?
Adam gates says: Stop cutting funding to education!! And shove your smart & skilled up your .... Give apprentices a fair go
Anne Finnane says: Keep tax payer funds for TAFE NSW public vocational education and training. Stop sending public funds to the pockets of private, for profit organisations. A no brainer - this is the way to ensure all people have access to the further education and training they want and need.
Craig Richardson says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Deb says: I am a 54 year old single woman trying to support myself by changing careers as I have not worked for several years. I am currently half way through a Cert IV course and need to defer to 2015 for personal reasons. I am unemployed and unable to afford to pay TAFE fees, if the fees go up how am I going to find a job and survive? The only jobs where I am in Coffs Harbour are in the welfare or aged care industries which is the area I am studying. What about me and thousands of others who are making efforts to suppport themselves financially and not rely on the government pittance to survive!? How irresponsible to cut funding to TAFE, how stupid and an abuse of power!? Stuff the people seems to be the attitude.
Joanne Collier says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Vivian carmen says: STOP THE TAFE CUTS
Bernadette says: Stop TAFE cuts I am single mother who is currently studying at TAFE and if this smart and skill comes in how am I meant to continue my studies at TAFE and others with centrelink benifit.
Crystel says: Stop the Tafe cuts don't bring in smart and skill it stupid and skill because no one will how to learn. The australian goverment wants us to be a smart country well leave our Tafe alone. We love how it is now. We don't like the smart and skill so stay away smart and skill. LEAVE OUR TAFE ALONE Leave it how it is been all this time because education has to be free. We love our Tafe and how it is.
Jenny McWilliam says: I have been a TAFE student on and off over the years. I can't imagine not being able to have the opportunity to continue TAFE education. STOP TAFE CUTS!!!!!
Luke says: Many young people like myself won't be able to afford to become educated for future careers if you make these cuts.
John fisher says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Sandra Wilson says: I think it is disgraceful what the Abbot government is doing
Colleen Carmody says: TAFE is worth fighting for as it gives people the skills they need for life.
Janine sim says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
David Deng says: STOP TAFE CUTS..
Karen Kennedy says: Stop the cuts.
Lisa johnson says: We are Entitled to an education !!
cemal yavas says: stop TAFE cuts
Jane Ledwidge says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Kevin Trodd says: TAFE is a very important further education institution, we can't afford to let these issues be ignored.
Sadir Abaas says: don't close our TAFE
Ghadir Abaas says: Save our TAFE!!!!!!
Karen says: TAFE keep local industries going with work ready people. Well trained and knowledgeable. They have kept us going. Stealing money from them is the same as stealing money from your Mother. Shame on you.
Cameron Watson says: I am in Year 10 and planning to go to TAFE after my school has finished. I am now unsure and scared to think of what TAFE will be like by the time I graduate
Andrew Key says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
bob johnson says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Daniela Palumbo says: Please STOP the TAFE cuts!!!!!
jo adams says: The government just keeps taking, taking, taking from education and health. WHY? I don't get it.
Peter Primrose says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Suzanne Turner says: Education is an important part of out present and our future. We need to learn skills and gain knowledge so we can participate in Australia's workforce. TAFE is a fantastic way for us to gain the skills and knowledge we need. With the proposed cuts to funding and increased fees, opportunities for education are significantly reduced. I fear this will send our nation backwards. STOP TAFE CUTS! The future of the nation depends upon it!
Luana Ferrara says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Alex Alvarado says: This is a deadset joke. The government is ruining australia, by destroying tafe, it WILL cause an immense drop in standards throughout the industries. I as an apprentice electrician am astounded that the government can be so blind that they can't even see what they're doing. The government is digging themselves deeper and deeper into a hole where by the end of it, they wont ever be able to see the light of day. I hope the true hard working aussies make it out of this disaster, good luck tafe lovers.
Chris Casey says: Gimme me tool allowance bro!
Luca Di Girolamo says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Maria says: I have been to tafe, now my daughter is going to tafe. It is an important part of Australian education so we need!! STOP TAFE CUTS!!!
Rosie Scroggie says: Testing
Bernie Spillane says: Who else is going to do the "dirty work" that many Employers won't do?
Justin Bartlett says: There are some amazingly talented people working in TAFE, teachers and support staff, who do amazing work. I've studied and worked in TAFE and would be saddened to see the skills and talents of these people lost, collectively they have years of industry experience and teaching knowledge, not to mention the investment that state governments have made in their skills over the years, which would be lost.
Ros Albiston says: No logic to making it even harder for all those young people who will lose benefits if they don't study but can't afford to anyway (hidden costs such as travel, child care, materials/books, etc)
Kerry Arch says: Do we want our country that's full of dumber and dumbers or do we want a country that can do amazing things!
Mark says: My name is Mark Niall I have recently turned 18 an Iam a 2nd year shipwright apprentice (boat an ship builder). The reason for this email is that Iam exceptionally concerned about the future of apprenticeships, my personal tafe course has been cut down by more then a third! (800 teaching hours down to 500) I cannot fathom how i can learn everything I need to know for my career in this short amount of time let alone let alone learn how to manufacture a boat/ship safe enough for my future customers.
Jo Saunders says: Tafe is a great starting point for our mob to enter further education as this is a less intrusive entry point and will give them the confidence they need - a stepping stone to education.
David Kehoe says: Politicians who have no vision for the future but $$$ make education difficult for those with little money. We should demand free education back!
Jeff French says: Ridiculous, how will people further their education or get requalified in a different field with less TAFE staff.
Kay Frankcombe says: Where is the educational vision? Stop the TAFE cuts!
Helen Cross says: I work in a high school and Tafe is a very important next step for our students.
GT says: Say No to destroying a good educational system. Education is the backbone of our country.
Shirley Clissold says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Gavin austin says: TAFE is a community asset that should be supported. Education is the key to the nation continuing to grow and develop.
Heather Goodman says: Made redundant due to manufacturing going over seas, looked to change my career took a $2k course in 2014 and have now been advised next year its $6K. Wish my dad was in politics maybe I could get a free ride.
Kate Stehr says: Continued cuts to TAFE will mean the end of a public-based tertiary education system which is accessible for manys people. This would be a great loss for Australia.
Corey Speers says: I'm not sure where I would have ended up if it wasn't for TAFE. Giving real life tools for the real world, this sector deserves all the support it can get.
Richard McLennan says: Stop TAFE Cuts! TAFE helps people build their lives. TAFE is a stepping stone to better things.
Anne McIntosh says: We need TAFE more than ever before
Pip Cullen says: We need to fund TAFE to skill up our future infrastructure makers and maintainers. Students need a viable alternative pathway to the HSC. We cannot afford to cut funding for Education.
Marney Wickham says: Horrified by the a teacher and a parent.
Tracey Escreet says: I am a student currently studying Community Services Cert IV & Skills for Work & Vocational Pathways at Bega TAFE to upgrade my skills. I went to Granville TAFE in the 80s to study for my Painting & Decorating Apprenticeship at the age of 14. I am now 47 and have to change careers due to the physical demands of my body & now we cannot retire until 70. It is vital for TAFE to remain to be able to learn, be productive & assist all people; particularly low income earners or if you have not had a good education in the past. I believe to keep our economy strong we need more TAFE courses particularly in rural areas so we too can be productive just as much as people in the metro areas.
Judith Peen says: stop cutting things that matter. what happened to closing the gap in educational standards. one again just words on paper - not action in motion.
Bindi MacBeth says: I am an Educator and I have worked in both primary and high school settings. I have seen the opportunities it has provided with courses for high school students and I have seen it make a huge difference to all.
Larry Dwyer says: Stop TAFE cuts.
rhonda Bowden says: Stop TAFE cuts! Our apprentices are on minimum wages and can't afford the text books, let alone TAFE course fees!
Robyn says: I got a start at TAFE by doing a TPC course. I went on to university and have since come back time and again to upgrade my skills through TAFE. I don't want to think what our country will end up like if those that truly need TAFE can no longer access the courses needed to help make them productive Australian citizens.
Ada Boland says: Indigenous people need the opportunity to increase their skills and ability to support and assist them to get off the unemployment cycle. All the cuts going on is going to again disadvantage our indigenous people as well as other Australians who have not had a good education.
Stephen Mehonoshen says: How can there be cuts to TAFE and yet TAFE Qld sponsors V8 racing in Townsville? How is that benefiting the education of Queenslanders?
anne gull says: Stop Tafe Cuts!!!!!
Owen herring-gull says: stop the tafe cuts
Eva O'keefe says: Stop Tafe Cuts! Tafe is Gold!!!
Jack Gillson 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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