Australia has been through another hard-fought federal election, in which public debate focused predictably on which party are the “best economic managers.”
Like many members, I had high hopes on Election Day as I handed out how to vote cards in my electorate, believing that this election was the best shot we had at restoring TAFE to its former glory.
TVET institutions are institutions and not providers. There is a big difference between the two. The notion of a provider implies one among many, and it doesn’t much matter if it is this or that provider which is providing the ‘service’. Providers come and go, and wax and wane in response to market demand.
There are many pathways to university study, but Sue Leech’s story is different to most -she started her academic life behind bars. "Going into prison you feel like your life is over." Leech told this year’s AEU Federal Conference. "You feel like you have no future and there is nothing you can do to change course."
A community doorknock event held in Frankston has emphasised the strength of public support that TAFE enjoys in the community.