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Media Coverage of TAFE Cuts, 18-21 September 2012

Posted 21 September 2012 by Ken Norling (TAFE)

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TAFE Teachers To Strike

19 September 2012

The AEU Has called on TAFE teachers to strike tomorrow.

The Australian Education Union has called on TAFE teachers to strike for 24 hours from tomorrow in protest to the State Governments TAFE cuts.

Another major Save TAFE rally will be held on the same day at the treasury gardens in Melbourne with the Union encouraging striking teachers to attend.

 

http://www.powerfm.com.au/ballarat/index.php/news/16989-leaks-embarrassing-according-to-save-tafe

Leaks Embarrassing According To Save TAFE

18? September 2012

Ballarat save TAFE has labelled the recent release of the TAFE transition plans by the State Government as embarrassing.

Over the weekend details of individual universities responses to the TAFE cuts were leaked with the document revealing Ballarat University was looking to close down three of its schools and sell off some land to cope with the reduced funding.

 

http://www.powerfm.com.au/ballarat/index.php/news/16972-tafe-cuts-to-force-ub-to-close-three-schools

TAFE Cuts To Force UB To Close Three Schools

18? September 2012

Ballarat Uni will be forced to close down three schools as it tries to deal with the State Governments TAFE cuts.

Details of the Uni’s TAFE transition plan were leaked from the State Government.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-20/government-warned-not-to-ignore-tafe-protest/4271310

Government warned not to ignore TAFE protest

20 September 2012

The Education Union is warning the State Government not to ignore today's TAFE protest.

The rally is part of a 24-hour strike by TAFE staff over government budget cuts of $300 million.

The union's Mary Bluett says a document leaked to the ABC last week revealed the extent of the damage, including the closure and sale of campuses and further cuts to courses.

 

http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/336630/jobs-fees-pain-in-tafe-review/?cs=48

Jobs, fees pain in TAFE review

By NIGEL MCNAY, Sept. 15, 2012, midnight

WODONGA TAFE course fees could almost double next year and teaching jobs are in doubt, compounding the recent pain of a $7 million state budget cut.

The changes are contained in a secret “cabinet in confidence” document that also says a “asset rationalisation” of the campus was under review.

 

http://www.maroondahweekly.com.au/story/339218/for-sale-lilydale-tafe-campus/?cs=1469

'For sale': Lilydale TAFE campus

BY DAVID SCHOUT, Sept. 18, 2012, midnight

LEAKED cabinet documents have revealed Swinburne University wants the state government to buy its Lilydale TAFE campus or allow it to be sold off.

The revelations bring into question whether the campus will continue as a tertiary institution or be sold off to other entities.

 

http://www.brimbankweekly.com.au/story/335340/students-sound-off-about-tafe-cuts/?cs=1434

Students sound off about TAFE cuts

By MELISSA CUNNINGHAM

Sept. 18, 2012, midnight

TWO teams of VCE students have debated the implications of the state government's TAFE funding cuts on students in the west.

The topic — 'the state government's TAFE funding cuts will reduce opportunities for students in the west' — was debated between students from Copperfield College in Delahey and Keilor Downs Secondary College at the Brimbank City Salvation Hall last night.

 

http://vic.greens.org.au/content/greens-support-rally-against-tafe-cuts

GREENS SUPPORT RALLY AGAINST TAFE CUTS

20th September 2012 10:06 am

Greens MPs Sue Pennicuik and Colleen Hartland will attend the emergency rally at 12pm in Treasury Gardens tomorrow in support of TAFE staff and students, in response to last week's secret cabinet documents.

"Secret cabinet documents revealed to the ABC last week, reveal the true impact of the Baillieu Government's devastating $300 million TAFE cuts. There will be campus closures, job losses, more courses cut and further increases to fees for students if these cuts are allowed to proceed,” Greens spokesperson for Education," Ms Pennicuik said.

 

http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/tafe-workers-strike-rally-in-melbourne/story-e6frfku9-1226477815641

TAFE workers strike, rally in Melbourne

AAP, September 20, 2012 9:09AM

VICTORIA'S TAFE staff are expected to stop work on Thursday as they join a rally protesting against $300 million in state government cuts to the system.

Thousands of TAFE staff, students and community members will converge at Treasury Gardens at 12pm (AEST) to campaign against the cuts.

 

http://jeffatthemail.blogspot.fr/2012/09/castlemaine-tafe-under-threat.html

Castlemaine TAFE under threat

Bendigo TAFE's Castlemaine campus looks set to be closed or drastically diminished, according to leaked documents obtained by Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards.

Ms Edwards said the leaked transition plan documents, which had been lodged with a State Government panel following the $300 million budget cuts to TAFEs across Victoria, revealed a planned 'sell-out' of the Castlemaine TAFE campus.

 

http://www.mooneevalleyweekly.com.au/story/337490/tafe-may-cut-another-100-jobs-in-essendon-moonee-ponds/?cs=1482

TAFE may cut another 100 jobs in Essendon, Moonee Ponds Save

By EUGENE BENSON, Sept. 18, 2012, midnight

MORE jobs are set to be slashed from Essendon and Moonee Ponds Kangan Institute of TAFE campuses as the fallout from the state government's $290 million funding cuts to TAFE education continues to be felt.

Funding of $25 million has been cut from Kangan, resulting in the closure of 52 courses across the north-western suburbs.

 

http://www.communityrun.org/petitions/support-tafe-support

Support TAFE

To: Victorian State MP's - Federal Minister - Victorian Premier - Victorian Opposition

Campaign created by Shaun Corcoran

Dear Representatives of the Community,

It is widely known that the 2012-13 Victorian state budget cuts impact on the TAFE sector has had and will continue to have an effect on employment, courses being run and campus closures.

What is not so widely recognised is the devastating effect that will be felt with the 100% cutting of funds to TAFE support services.

 

http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/345285/bendigo-tafe-staff-to-join-melbourne-rally/?src=rss

Bendigo TAFE staff to join Melbourne rally

By Josh Fagan, Sept. 19, 2012, 12:07 p.m.

Teachers from Bendigo TAFE will go on strike for 24 hours tomorrow to protest budget cuts that will shed staff and close campuses in central Victoria.

The Australian Education Union have called on all TAFE members across Victoria to stop work and join the rally in Melbourne's Treasury Gardens.

 

http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2012/09/19/351191_news.html

Gordon calls for new job plans

Cameron Best   |  September 19th, 2012

THOUSANDS of jobs are set to be lost in Geelong over the next four years, according to chilling modelling figures released by The Gordon.

It has prompted a plea for the region to show more urgency in tackling the looming job shock.

Reader comments:

This is one more reason why the current cuts to TAFE funding are irresponsible and ill-thought.

Posted by: newman  10:47am Wednesday

I hope the emphasis in "skilling the bay" will be towards women Mr Sutherland? It is women who will be the poorer skilled in Victoria due to the VET cuts which hit hardest in the women's careers, admin, retail and hospitality to name a few. At least the guys have traditional trades to fall back on, we women have nothing thanks to the Baillieu government.

Posted by: Jennifer of Geelong  7:45am Wednesday

 

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/colleges-registration-revoked-leaving-students-out-in-the-cold-20120919-265pc.html

College's registration revoked, leaving students out in the cold

Benjamin Preiss, September 19, 2012 - 11:45AM

The skills training regulator has revoked a Melbourne college's registration leaving more than 1000 students to find somewhere else to complete their studies.

The Australian Skills Quality Authority has rejected an application from Oakleigh-based Pow Wow Training to renew its registration as a national training provider. Pow Wow is believed to have offered a wide range of courses from aged care, child care and transport and logistics.

 

http://theconversation.edu.au/tafe-cuts-will-affect-everyone-state-governments-should-think-again-9687?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+conversationedu+%28The+Conversation%29

Leesa Wheelahan , 20 September 2012, 11.09am AEST

TAFE cuts will affect everyone: state governments should think again

TAFE staff are striking todayto demonstrate their opposition to unparalleled funding cutbacks totalling almost $300 million imposed by the Victorian State Government.

A recent leaked cabinet paper summarising so called “TAFE transition plans” has incited outrage. The plans show that campuses will close, TAFE institutes will merge, at least two thousand staff will be sacked, students will pay higher fees and TAFE institutes will cut provision or close down courses.

The Commonwealth government is now threatening to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars earmarked for vocational education and training.

 

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/thousands-of-tafe-workers-to-rally-at-treasury-gardens-in-response-to-the-baillieu-governments-300m-funding-cut/story-e6frf7kx-1226477879993

TAFE workers chant, 'Save TAFE, sack Ted' at Treasury Gardens rally against $300m funding cut

Michelle Ainsworth, September 20, 2012 1:16PM

AUSTRALIAN Education Union leader Mary Bluett says today's protest by TAFE teachers and students is just the beginning of action aimed at government ministers.

Ms Bluett, the AEU's Victorian branch president, told the crowd that the State Government's decision to slash TAFE funding by $300 million was "economic and social vandalism".

 

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/tafe-teachers-rally-against-cuts-20120920-268ib.html

TAFE teachers rally against cuts

Benjamin Preiss, September 20, 2012 - 2:54PM

TAFE teachers have walked off the job and flooded Treasury Gardens in protest against the state government's funding cuts to the sector.

Organisers expected about 2000 people would join the rally.

(Includes video link)

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-20/government-warned-not-to-ignore-tafe-protest/4271310?section=vic

Government warned not to ignore TAFE protest

Updated 1 hour 49 minutes ago

Hundreds of people have rallied in Melbourne's Treasury Gardens to protest over State Government funding cuts to the TAFE sector.

They chanted "Save TAFE and sack Ted" and called for the State Government to rethink its $300 million funding cut.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-20/tafe-staff-strike-over-axed-funding/4271260?&section=news

TAFE staff strike over axed funding

Posted 3 hours 39 minutes ago

TAFE teachers and support staff across Gippsland will go on strike today to protest against Victorian Government funding cuts.

Gippsland TAFEs are slashing dozens of jobs and courses and closing training centres in response to State Government budget cuts.

 

http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/article/14899707/hundreds-protest-against-vic-tafe-cuts/

Hundreds protest against Vic TAFE cuts

AAP Updated September 20, 2012, 2:11 pm

Several hundred people have rallied outside Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu's office to protest against $300 million in TAFE funding cuts.

The protest was part of unprotected 24-hour strike action by TAFE teachers on Thursday.

 

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http://mornington-peninsula-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/tafe-rally-at-treasury-gardens/

TAFE rally at Treasury Gardens

20 Sep 12 @ 01:35pm by Kylie Adoranti and Nicole Precel

NEARLY 2000 teachers and students protested TAFE funding cuts at Treasury Gardens today. The State Government last week announced 220 jobs would be cut along with courses, due to a $30 million cut in funding.

During the protest AEU president Mary Bluett spoke to the angry crowd about her frustration at Premier Ted Baillieu and his government.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/victorian-tafe-strikes/4271450

Victorian TAFE strikes

Listen now

Thursday 20 September 2012 8:41AM (view full episode)

Staff at Victorian TAFEs will walk off the job today in protest over sweeping cuts announced by the Baillieu government.

Last week, leaked cabinet documents revealed proposals to sell off or close entire campuses.

Guest - Colin Long, Victorian Secretary of the National Tertiary Education Union

 

http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2012/09/20/541601_latest-news.html

TAFE teachers rally against cuts

AAP |  September 20, 2012

UPDATE: SEVERAL hundred people have rallied outside Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu's office to protest against $300 million in TAFE cuts.

The protest was part of unprotected 24-hour strike action by TAFE teachers today.

 

http://www.frankstonweekly.com.au/story/345133/chisholm-teachers-to-strike-tomorrow/?cs=1449

Chisholm teachers to strike tomorrow

By CAMERON LUCADOU-WELLS, Sept. 19, 2012, 11:03 a.m.

CHISHOLM Institute teachers have been called to take unprotected 24-hour strike action tomorrow amid claims they may be pushed into lower pay and conditions.

The strike, in response to a $300 million funding cut to TAFEs, will include a rally in Treasury Gardens at noon.

 

http://www.frankstonweekly.com.au/story/337532/tafe-in-turmoil-as-220-sacked/?cs=1449

TAFE in turmoil as 220 sacked

By BY ALECIA PINNER, CATHERINE WATSON and CAMERON LUCADOU-WELLS, Sept. 18, 2012

CHISHOLM Institute of TAFE will sack at least 220 teachers and scrap courses including the Frankston-based professional writing and editing course next year following savage government funding cuts.

In further bad news for local students, the cuts coincided with the leaking of a cabinet-in-confidence paper from the state government stating Chisholm's Mornington Peninsula, Cranbourne and Bass Coast campuses are at risk of closing next year and that Chisholm had budgeted to raise total tuition fees by 70 per cent. The paper, leaked to The Age, contradicts assurances from Chisholm chief executive Maria Peters last week that there would be no campus closures.

 

http://www.frankstonweekly.com.au/story/340511/non-profitable-rosebud-tafe-under-threat/?cs=1449

'Non profitable': Rosebud TAFE under threat

By ALECIA PINNER, CATHERINE WATSON  and CAMERON LUCADOU-WELLS, Sept. 17, 2012

A LEAKED cabinet-in-confidence paper from the state government states Chisholm’s Mornington Peninsula campus in Rosebud is at risk of closing next year.

The paper contradicts assurances from Chisholm chief executive Maria Peters last week that there would be no campus closures.

 

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/tafe-protest-adds-pressure-on-baillieu-after-plans-leak/story-e6frgcjx-1226478296811

TAFE protest adds pressure on Baillieu after plans leak

by: Andrew Trounson, September 21, 2012 12:00AM

Upwards of 1,500 TAFE teachers, workers, students and unionists staged a protest outside Victorian state Premier Ted Baillieu's office yesterday. The anger was directed at $300 million in cuts as pressure builds after an embarrassing leak.

Teachers and workers at TAFE and dual sector universities staged an unprotected 24-hour stop-work action yesterday to protest. TAFE directors declined to take action to oppose the strike out of sympathy with their staff.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2012/09/20/3594595.htm

20 September, 2012 3:29PM AEST

TAFE suffering for the sins of the private sector: NTEU

The TAFE sector is being punished for budget blowouts it was not responsible for says the NTEU's Colin Long. Download this mp3 file

Protests in Melbourne's CBD today saw hundreds of people rally against the State Government's $300 million funding cut to the TAFE sector.

Dr Colin Long is the Victorian Secretary of the National Tertiary Education Union, who were one of the bodies who organised today's protest.

 

http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/breaking-news-blog/teachers-students-and-staff-rally-over-tafe-funding-cuts/20120920-268yb.html

Teachers, students and staff rally over TAFE funding cuts

Posted by: 3AW Radio | 20 September, 2012 - 4:46 PM

TAFE staff say they won’t be backing down in their fight to get the Baillieu government to reverse its $290 million cuts during a rally at Treasury Gardens today.

Several hundreds of protestors were outside the Premier’s Office this afternoon as part of an unprotected 24-hour strike by TAFE teachers, students and staff over the funding cuts which has led to campus closures and job losses.

LISTEN: Victorian Secretary of the National Tertiary Education Union, Dr Coling Long, speaks with Derryn Hinch.

 

http://www.gippslandtimes.com.au/story/347581/tafe-protests-continue/?cs=12

TAFE protests continue

Sept. 21, 2012, midnight

RELIEF staff were called in to ensure there were no interruptions to regular Advance TAFE classes on Thursday, with three local staff members attending a rally in Melbourne as part of a political protest against the state government's cuts to the public TAFE system.

Advance TAFE chief executive Peter Heilbuth said all campuses remained open with all classes running as scheduled. Other student services such as library and canteen were also unchanged.

 

http://minister.innovation.gov.au/chrisevans/MediaReleases/Pages/WorkersrallyagainstBaillieussavageTAFEcuts.aspx

Senator the Hon Chris Evans > Media Release 20 Sep 2012

Workers rally against Baillieu’s savage TAFE cuts 

A rally by Victorian TAFE teachers and administration staff should be a wake up call for Tony Abbott to withdraw his support for the Victorian Liberal Government's $300 million cash-grab from the training sector.

The Federal Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator Chris Evans, said the thousands of students and workers who rallied today condemned the savage cuts implemented by the Baillieu Government.

 

http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2012/09/20/541601_latest-news.html

TAFE teachers rally against cuts

AAP |  September 20, 2012

UPDATE: SEVERAL hundred people have rallied outside Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu's office to protest against $300 million in TAFE cuts.

The protest was part of unprotected 24-hour strike action by TAFE teachers today.

 

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/thousands-of-tafe-workers-to-rally-at-treasury-gardens-in-response-to-the-baillieu-governments-300m-funding-cut/story-e6frf7kx-1226477879993?from=herald+sun_rss

TAFE workers chant, 'Save TAFE, sack Ted' at Treasury Gardens rally against $300m funding cut

Michelle Ainsworth, September 20, 2012 4:06PM

AUSTRALIAN Education Union leader Mary Bluett says today's protest by TAFE teachers and students is just the beginning of action aimed at government ministers.

Ms Bluett, the AEU's Victorian branch president, told the 1000-strong crowd that the State Government's decision to slash TAFE funding by $300 million was "economic and social vandalism".

 

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/tafe-protests-target-mps-20120920-269ki.html

TAFE protests target MPs

Benjamin Preiss, September 21, 2012

PROTESTS against TAFE funding cuts will target regional MPs and those in marginal seats to pressure them into opposing the slashing of the sector's budget.

Teachers walked off the job yesterday to hold a protest meeting in Treasury Gardens in opposition to the estimated $290 million cut to TAFEs.

 

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=C1WmaqH3exo&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DC1WmaqH3exo&gl=GB

News broadcast on TAFE rally – TV coverage

 

http://www.starnewsgroup.com.au/star/dandenong/368/story/154644.html

Staff face the axe

By Nicole Williams, Dandenong Star, 20th September 2012 12:39:00 PM

CHISHOLM Institute staff are at risk of losing their jobs, with the tertiary provider yesterday announcing the reduction of 220 staff by the end of the year.

At a meeting at the Dandenong campus, Chisholm Institute chief executive Maria Peters said they would be forced to reduce staff following the State Government’s $290 million budget cuts to the states’ TAFE system.

 

http://www.gippslandtimes.com.au/story/342286/tafe-teachers-set-to-strike-over-cash-cuts/?cs=12

Friday September 21, 2012

TAFE teachers set to strike over cash cuts

By Benjamin Preiss (Sept. 18)

TAFE teachers and administration staff will strike for 24 hours from Thursday in protest against the state government's funding cuts to the sector.

A document leaked to the media last week showed TAFE institutes were preparing for widespread fee increases and potential mergers and campus closures.

 

http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2012/09/21/351791_news.html

Cuts to TAFE 'rob us of our rights'

September 21st, 2012

GEELONG Mayor John Mitchell told a Melbourne rally against TAFE cuts yesterday that the cause was nothing about politics.

"This is about the rights of our community to have the opportunity to be educated, and I think these TAFE cuts won't only reduce that opportunity but will also mean job cuts, which I fight strongly for in Geelong," Cr Mitchell said.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-21/union-defends-tafe-strike/4273648

Union defends TAFE strike

Posted 2 hours 30 minutes ago

The Australian Education Union (AEU) says class disruptions at TAFEs yesterday were necessary to fight Victorian Government funding cuts.

TAFE workers went on strike to attend a rally in Melbourne. Erich Sinkis from the AEU's Ballarat branch says staff from across south-west Victoria were at the protest.