Australia has been through another hard-fought federal election, in which public debate focused predictably on which party are the “best economic managers.”
Like many members, I had high hopes on Election Day as I handed out how to vote cards in my electorate, believing that this election was the best shot we had at restoring TAFE to its former glory.
The Morrison Government was silent on its policy for TAFE during the election campaign and there was no mention of TAFE in the Federal Budget revealed just prior to the election. Jonathan Guy, AEU Strategic Research Officer looks at the future for TAFE under a Morrison Government in the light of the Joyce Review.
TVET institutions are institutions and not providers. There is a big difference between the two. The notion of a provider implies one among many, and it doesn’t much matter if it is this or that provider which is providing the ‘service’. Providers come and go, and wax and wane in response to market demand.
There are many pathways to university study, but Sue Leech’s story is different to most -she started her academic life behind bars. "Going into prison you feel like your life is over." Leech told this year’s AEU Federal Conference. "You feel like you have no future and there is nothing you can do to change course."