On the campaign trail yesterday, National Party Candidate David Layzell expressed his strong support for the sale of the Scone TAFE campus.
He said: “There’s been a lot said about that TAFE and to be quite open I’m very supportive of that sale … To me, it’s a great deal.”
The National Party’s support for the sale of Scone TAFE should ring alarm bells about the Government’s agenda of privatisation and cost-cutting for skills training in the region, Upper Hunter Labor Candidate Jeff Drayton said today.
At a time when almost one in five young people in the Hunter is unemployed, regional TAFE campuses need investment not abandonment, said Mr Drayton.
“Scone TAFE was the only specialist rural campus in the Hunter region,” he said.
“Its rushed sale leaves a huge gap in training and education across the Upper Hunter and it’s nothing to be celebrated.
“Families across the Upper Hunter will be wondering which ‘great deal’ to sell off skills training infrastructure this Government is eyeing off next.
To sell Scone TAFE in the middle of a skills crisis is not the way to build the Hunter jobs and skills of the future. This Government clearly doesn’t value skills and education.