Greens MP John Kaye says Labor and the Coalition have stripped TAFE
Greens MP John Kaye says Labor and the Coalition have stripped TAFE Trevor Veale

Greens speak out about cuts to TAFE

TAFE has been driven to the brink of collapse, according to Greens MP John Kaye.

Dr Kaye has blamed the Coalition and previous NSW Labor governments for slashes to TAFE funding and jobs.

"The previous NSW Labor government slashed $961 million out of the annual budget of TAFE and cut the qualification requirements of teachers," he said.

"The Gillard government has pushed states into an increasingly aggressive competition with low cost, profit-driven private providers.

"The O'Farrell government has now made matters much worse by destroying 800 jobs."

Richmond MP Justine Elliot has responded to Dr Kaye's claims, saying in 2012 Tweed MP Geoff Provest and his Liberal National Party "turned their backs on local students and teachers and slashed $1.7 billion in funding from NSW education."

"This has meant 800 TAFE teachers have been sacked and there was a 9.5 per cent increase in TAFE fees making TAFE education unaffordable for so many locals."

"The Liberal National Party continue to neglect our region," she said.

"We see this neglect and failure at State level with the North Coast Nationals MPs unwilling or unable to support locals, for example, by failing to deliver the promised high school at Pottsville; by failing to deliver on the promise of more police; and by failing to deliver the promised homeless shelter at Tweed.

"This just shows you can't trust the National Party."

Geoff Provest responded saying NSW was in a very difficult position.

"With a $5.2 billion reduction in GST revenue over the four years from July 2012, and reduction in other forms of revenue, the State Government had to make tough decision to ensure NSW lives within its means as well as ensuring that students are given the best opportunities for study," he said.

He said Kingscliff TAFE has received capitol funding for refurbishment and continues to offer quality training and educational course.