Member for Mulgrave and Shadow Treasurer Curtis Pitt said that a Labor Government would act to rescue TAFEs and the vocational education and training sector from decline.

“TAFE and training has suffered under Campbell Newman and the LNP,” Mr Pitt said.

“Labor stands for creating jobs and opportunities for all Queenslanders.

“If the LNP retains government, more TAFE assets will be sold, all vocational training will be privatised and many students will be unable to afford courses.

“Labor will invest $34 million to reinvigorate the TAFE sector and restore its status as the premier provider of vocational education and training,” Mr Pitt said.

“All Queenslanders have the right to an affordable education.”

Labor’s investment will create up to 100 teaching and support jobs across the state.

Labor will also establish a full independent Training Ombudsman to restore accountability to the sector and restore foundation courses for people with disabilities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“Under Labor’s plan to rescue TAFE we will invest $5 million to increase the number of courses available through VET in schools.

“We will reverse the LNP’s decision to make public training funds 100 per cent contestable and provide for training in emerging innovative industries.

“Labor will invest in TAFE and in the jobs of the future, without selling our assets. There is a Better Way for Queensland.”