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$230 Million black hole in Phoney Tony’s Trade Training Centre cuts

Ministers:

The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Education
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Social Inclusion

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today revealed a $230 million black-hole in the Opposition’s proposed cuts to school Trade Training Centres which are being used to train the next generation of carpenters, electricians and other apprentices.

Speaking at the National Press Club, Ms Gillard revealed that the Opposition’s cuts would mean that Trade Training Centres in 302 schools would be at risk of being scrapped if Tony Abbott was elected.

Students learning traditional trades and getting a head start on their apprenticeships will be among those punished under Mr Abbott’s savage cuts.

Figures show $384.2 million has already been promised to 302 schools under round two of the Trade Training Centres program, including funding in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 financial years.

The Opposition has however committed to axing funding from 1 July 2010 – creating a $230 million black-hole in Tony Abbott’s costings.

This cut will be directed at more than half of the 302 schools who have been promised trade training centres under round two.

If these cuts are fully implemented, around 62,000 students in 181 schools will be denied the opportunity to go on and learn a trade while still at school.

The Opposition’s cuts will also mean that no school in the future – including the hundreds who are seeking funding under round three – will ever benefit from a trade training centre.

Tony Abbott must immediately come clean with what schools he will target to claw back his $230 million black hole in his costings documents.

Attached is an overview of the funding situation for Trade Training Centres as well as a list of those that stand to have their funding cut should the Coalition be elected.

Details of the individual school projects can be found at: http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/TradeTrainingCentres/Pages/r2announcements.aspx