Greens question Government’s $100 million reduction in TAFE asset values in State Budget

NSW Greens TAFE spokesperson, Dawn Walker has questioned the NSW Liberal-Nationals $100 million reduction in TAFE assets that was revealed in the 2017-18 State Budget.

“Is this a sell-off? The Liberal-National Government needs to come clean with NSW taxpayers and explain exactly where their $100 million loss in TAFE assets comes from.

“Time and again, we’ve seen the NSW Liberal-Nationals undermine our public TAFE system and the Greens are demanding answers after today’s State Budget revealed that TAFE land and building assets are forecast to plunge in value by $100 million dollars from approximately $4.5 billion in 2016-17 to under $4.4 billion in 2017-18.

“It’s alarming that right across NSW, this Government is closing TAFE campuses and replacing them with pop-up shopfronts that will have a devastating impact on the learning outcomes for many students, especially those requiring extra support services.

“Rather than embarking on a short-sighted fire-sale of TAFE assets, the NSW Liberal and Nationals should be investing in our world-class vocational education system and end their fixation with privatisation.

“It’s time this Government fronted-up and explained to communities why they think closing vital TAFE facilities is a good decision” said Dawn Walker, Greens MP.

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