Australians know that no matter how good Kevin Rudd’s new promises for apprentices and TAFE sound today, he just can’t be trusted to deliver.
If he could not even deliver his 2007 promises, why would you trust him to deliver on Labor’s 2013 promises?
In 2007 Kevin Rudd promised “We will build state of the art trades training centres in each of Australians 2,650 secondary schools” at a cost of $2.5 billion over ten years.
Six years later only 252 have been delivered at a cost of $1.1 billion.
For Kevin Rudd to deliver the remaining 2,398 Trade Training Centres by 2018, he would need to start opening at least one trade training centre a day.
Labor also promised to “tackle the skills crisis head on. Over the next four years, a Federal Labor Government will fund an additional 450,000 training places across Australia.”
Kevin Rudd’s 2007 election promise for the Productivity Place Programme didn’t even result in 50 per cent of completions in Certificate II qualifications. It was scrapped just after three years and sent to the policy dustbin.
Today the Prime Minister also confirmed there will be even more command and control from Canberra – threatening States who do not meet his conditions for TAFE by 2014 with a Federal takeover.
In 2007, Labor talked tough and promised to take over control of our nation’s hospitals but this never happened. We have heard this all before.
Everybody knows that hospitals, schools and TAFE’s are owned and operated by State Governments.
The only programme announced today that has a possibility of being delivered is the extension to the former Howard Government’s Tools for Your Trade programme, with a promise to increase payments to apprentices to $6,000.
All Kevin Rudd wants to do is talk about a vision for Australia’s future, rather than talk about his record.
Only the Coalition has a positive plan to help apprentices complete their training, strengthen the economy and end the command and control from Canberra.
1 September 2013