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How can the Liberal-Nationals (Provest, Page, George) sleep at night? Barry O’Farrell, you promised NSW before the elections that you would not cut funding to the TAFEs owned by the people for the people.

Now you ARE cutting funding, closing TAFEs, cutting staff and for rural areas you are dealing our children a blow that will leave them without the education that they crave. At the moment they have limited transport to the TAFEs that are scattered around in rural areas but closing TAFEs will mean they will not be able to access them at all.

The TAFEs that you will leave open will now have to charge over-inflated fees that are far beyond the means of rural people. Knowing that there is already skilled shortages everywhere why are you handicapping our children?

It’s all well and fine opening up the area of private courses but funding for TAFEs that are owned by the people for the people should not suffer because of your decisions.

Australia is going to view this harshly when the elections return. We pay your wages and a deficit is not going to kill us but your decisions are.


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