Unexplained payment to TAFE boss stinks of cover-up

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Employment & Training Political Queensland Government University & TAFE


Labor Minister Shannon Fentiman has refused to answer questions in Parliament today about a $390,000 payment made last year to a former TAFE boss.

LNP Shadow Minister for Training and Skills Development Fiona Simpson said: "Why won't Labor explain why hundreds of thousands of dollars was paid as a termination payment to an employee who resigned?

"Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor are desperately trying to cover-up this latest TAFE scandal.

"It was only weeks ago that Labor refused to release the details of who received the $230,641 worth of Commonwealth Games tickets purchased by TAFE.

"Like the tragic events Shannon Fentiman tried to cover up while she was the disgraced Labor Child Safety Minister, her prime focus continues to be on political spin and covering things up rather than improving outcomes for TAFE students and increasing apprenticeship numbers.

"Queensland can't even trust the figures produced by Minister Fentiman.

"During the Palaszczuk Government's last term it was revealed Shannon Fentiman had been 'washing' child safety data.

"The rot from the Labor Minister's office is having a real impact on training our next generation.

"This year TAFE trained less students, over fewer hours, and awarded fewer accreditations.

"With the highest unemployment rate in the nation we can't afford to wreck our training industry.

"The Premier needs to step in and fix this crisis immediately.

"Mums and dads who leave a job voluntarily don't get lump sum cash payments.

"Why does the Palaszczuk Labor Government think it is okay to do this for senior Government bureaucrats?

"This latest revelation only adds more weight to my request that the Speaker refer Shannon Fentiman to the ethics committee."

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