The State Liberals have described the Weatherill Government’s decision to announce the closure of the Millicent TAFE just days after the Labor Cabinet met in the south-East as an act of cowardice.
“Jay Weatherill didn’t have the courage to look the local community in the eye and tell them his funding cuts were forcing the closure of the Millicent TAFE,” said Shadow Minister for Skills and Training David Pisoni.
“Jay Weatherill needs to come clean as to which other TAFE campuses are going to be closed or downgraded as a result of his budget cuts.
“Tea Tree Gully TAFE has already seen a significant chunk of its campus carved off.
“Students training at the Millicent TAFE campus will now be forced to travel to Mount Gambier or Naracoorte to improve their skills and job opportunities.
“Once again Jay Weatherill is treating regional South Australia with contempt.
“Successive Labor Governments have reduced the range of courses available at the Millicent TAFE.
“It makes no sense for the Weatherill Government to be closing the Millicent TAFE campus after it has decimated the non-government training sector.
“At the very time our young people need access to training to help them compete for South Australia’s limited number of jobs the Weatherill Government is gutting vocational training.
“The Weatherill Government is in the process of de-skilling the South Australian workforce at the very moment the South Australian economy faces its greatest challenge in decades.
“Instead of retaining a strong, jobs-focused training sector, the Weatherill Government has slashed funding for training positions at the expense of South Australia’s growing army of unemployed.
“Once again South Australian students are paying the price for the mistakes of this lazy, arrogant Labor Government.