Labor candidate for Upper Hunter, Jeff Drayton, has warned that more Upper Hunter TAFE campuses face being sold after the National Party voted in Parliament against keeping them in public hands.
A Labor motion to stop further TAFE sales resulted in a tied vote in the Legislative Assembly yesterday, with the speaker’s vote defeating the motion.
“Every single National Party MP voted in favour of selling more TAFE campuses,” said Mr Drayton.
“They should tell us which campuses are in their sights.
“Scone TAFE has already been sold; Singleton TAFE is listed on a privatisation hit list for property developers.
“They won’t rule out replacing Quirindi TAFE with online learning. The National Party reckon selling Scone TAFE was a ‘great deal’.
“But I know we need hands-on skills training to support our kids and our local industries.
“Fully-equipped TAFE campuses are not too much to expect, when we send $800 million to Sydney each year in mining royalties.
“As the representative for Upper Hunter, I will always use my voice – and my vote in parliament – to stop our TAFE campuses being sold. As we saw yesterday, every vote makes a difference.”