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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 ment 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!
Jon Levy says: Tafe cuts and Privatisation are not the way to go. Tafe has a proven track record for a high standard of delivery.....what are we doing ?
Grant Miller says: TAFE colleges are supposed to support people to get higher qualifications not hinder this INEPT State Government has got it's priorities so wrong.
Li-Yea Yang says: Stop tafe cuts, give hope to second chance learners, smart country means education to all not only for some!
Lorena says: Two things should never be cut: 1. Health 2. Education. If you prevent a generation from education, the nation may never recover from it. How can the government not see that TAFE cuts = education deficit? Diversity of education is what makes a civilised nation.
Kerri Mills says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Etienne Green says: An educated society is a prosperous one.
Peta Green says: We need TAFE - and we need it to stay the way it is run now.
karl wesner says: it started with the government loosing sight of the philosophy of what is TAFE. Then it became Competency based( no real educator could possibly accept its principles ) and ended with contestability. ??????
Zach Morton says: I have been in Australia for close to 8 years now, As a new zealand citizen VET loans are unavailable. I pay for tafe from my own pocket working hard in 2 jobs. This is incredibly unfair that to finish my advanced diploma of Graphic design has been taken away after spending the last 2 years studying hard. My entire class has already confirmed they won't be doing the third year.
Amanda says: TAFE is a great educational institution that many students need to achieve skills. We need more practical courses, not less. Young people need skills to get employment, skills give a sense of achievement and a better self esteem. TAFE MAKES PEOPLE EMPLOYABLE, everyone wants a job.
Jill Herbert says: Migrant students who want to continue to learn English after AMEP hours are finding it very difficult to afford. Stop the cuts and stop closing campuses.
Therese O'Driscoll says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Deanne Lindh says: Earn or learn???
James Jackson says: stop TAFE cuts
Jennifer Conomos says: I am particularly concerned about disabled students and Literacy/ Numeracy students who will no longer be able to afford to attend the TAFE course that could have changed their lives.
Genista Bloom says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Adela Bismark says: Stop Tafe cuts
Lisa Mitchell says: How can adolescents study if (affordable) courses are not there for them to choose from? Education should be affordable for everyone, above everything it is basic human right to want to further educate yourself. With a daughter at Uni, and at an age where it is cheaper for businesses to employ high school casuals, there is no capacity for her to earn a few dollars to help us with expenses. How do you expect teens who do not have family support to put themselves through tertiary education, let alone meet day to day bills?
John Williams says: The LNP should stop being dictators to the Queensland people and listen to their requests. TAFE has been and still is world class in it's client education system yet, the present government is hell bent on derailing it, something along the lines of QR. There are quite a few places in the world that are trying to head back to what we have, yet the government seems to want to follow the circlular path used by other nations. When you have a good thing stick to it., help it and nuture it.
Denise gibson says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
David Hopkinson says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Lance Dale says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Margaret Clarke says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Jenny Whittard says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Eva Bendix Petersen says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Nicola Dugar says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Rosie Barron says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Joan Woodcock says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Nev Williams says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Paul Metzen says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Sara Motta says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Sujey Motta says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Linda Forbes says: Stop the TAFE cuts!
Gillian Shadwick says: TAFE provides training that equips individuals and industry to increase Australia's economic competitiveness and its social well being

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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