The commitment by a Shorten Labor Government to invest $470million in TAFE will be a great benefit to young people on the Central Coast.
TAFE has always been a trusted pathway to a secure career, but cuts by the Abbott-Turnbull Government have left it decimated.
The cuts will continue in this Liberal budget, with a further $270million to be lost.
With nearly one in five young people on the Central Coast looking for work, an investment in TAFE will help them gain the skills they need for real jobs.
A quality TAFE is also important for older Australians looking to upskill and retrain.
In tonight’s Budget Reply, Labor Leader Bill Shorten also pledged to restore the Turnbull Government’s cuts to hospitals and schools and lift the cap on university places
As a pharmacist and former mental health worker at Wyong Hospital, I understand how important quality and affordable healthcare is to people on the Central Coast.
On a personal note, I am also pleased Labor will make dementia a national priority.
A majority of the community on the Central Coast will also benefit from Labor’s promise of bigger, better and fairer tax cuts for low and middle income earners.
I am sure they will agree that tax cuts for ordinary people is more important than an $80billion tax giveaway to big business and the banks.