Kevin Rudd’s latest plot to takeover Queensland’s TAFEs has been panned by Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek.
Mr Langbroek said Kevin Rudd has just two answers to any policy question, throw more money at it or take it over.
“Mr Rudd wanted to take over hospitals a few years ago, but instead stood idly by while $103 million in Federal funding was ripped out of Queensland’s health system,” Mr Langbroek said.
“Now Kevin Rudd is in the process of trying to take over schools while today’s thought bubble is a TAFE takeover.
“After what he did to Pink Batts, the Carbon Tax, the School Halls shambles and other policy disasters, we don’t want him anywhere near Queensland’s TAFEs.”
Mr Langbroek said the Prime Minister wanted to accumulate responsibilities like properties on a monopoly board.
“The last thing we need to address a skills shortage is a federal takeover of TAFE,” he said.
“Time and time again, Kevin Rudd has proved his ineptitude at managing policy implementation.
“Queenslanders can’t afford for him to tamper with TAFE and jeopardise the quality of our training.”
Mr Langbroek said the Newman Government had released a detailed action plan for Vocational Education and Training in Queensland.
“Great Skills. Real Opportunities is a comprehensive policy response based on recommendations from an industry led taskforce,” he said.
“If we are to continue growing a strong, four pillar economy, Queensland must look at ways of increasing productivity and increasing participation in the workforce.
“To boost productivity and participation we want more Queenslanders gaining quality qualifications that are needed in the economy.
“We are lifting quality by creating a contestable training market which will encourage innovation in service delivery, course content and training outcomes.”
Mr Langbroek said the Federal Government had the opportunity to support these desperately overdue reforms but was resisting at every step of the way.
“We signed a National Partnership on Skills Reform in April 2012, but not one dollar flowed to Queensland for 14 months because the Federal Government played politics with the issue,” he said.
Minister for Education, Training and
The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek
31st of July 2013