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TAFE cuts in NSW budget call for national reform

Lee Rhiannon 24 Jun 2015

Off the back of the savage TAFE cuts in the NSW budget, the Greens are calling on the Abbott government and the Labor opposition to agree to rewrite COAG agreements so TAFE can again be a well-resourced public vocational education and training provider.

"News that NSW TAFE numbers have plummeted in the past three years, a trend occurring around the country, highlights the need for the federal government to urgently change the federal rules TAFE operates under," Greens technical and higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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Rudd TAFE plan set to fail without limits on private providers

Lee Rhiannon 1 Sep 2013

Responding to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's announcement on TAFE, Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said the government's plan will fail unless they also overhaul the current VET funding arrangements that have directed billions of dollars to private training providers ahead of TAFEs.

"The Greens are calling on the government to make TAFE the preferred funded provider and to back the Greens rescue package that will inject $400 million per year for TAFE, starting from 1 July 2014 over the forward estimates," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Make TAFE a Priority

Lee Rhiannon 9 Aug 2013

The Australian Greens have announced a $1.2 billion TAFE rescue package to prioritise federal spending on revitalising the TAFE system to build Australia's skills future.  The Greens are calling on the federal government to overhaul the current VET funding arrangements that have directed billions of dollars to private training providers ahead of TAFEs.

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Labor sides with Coalition: votes down Greens motion supporting public TAFE system

Lee Rhiannon 9 Oct 2012

The Labor government has failed to protect the public TAFE system by voting against a motion put by the Greens Higher Education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.

The motion was voted down by the major parties.

"Labor has again left TAFE teachers and students out in the cold," Senator Rhiannon said.

"It is not surprising that the Coalition voted against a motion backing a publicly resourced TAFE system.

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Greens MP at Bega TAFE, calls on Kelly to take funding concerns to Canberra

Lee Rhiannon 4 Oct 2012

Greens Senator for NSW and Higher Education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon will meet with Bega TAFE teachers and students today to discuss the impacts of recent NSW government cuts that will see a loss of TAFE staff, an increase in class sizes, reduced course offerings and TAFE students face crippling fee hikes. 

“The fact students and staff are meeting with me during TAFE’s semester break shows how committed they are to reversing the TAFE funding cuts and I congratulate them for their campaign,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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