Bill Shorten, Gillard Government Minister, makes a visit this morning to a Darwin trade training centre that has Kormilda College as a partner highlighting the fact that the Gillard Government has cut the College’s funding, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said.
“How is it Bill Shorten can pose for happy snaps while the Gillard Government cuts funding to Kormilda college, leaving them $650,000 a year worse off with press reports saying they were forced to close one boarding house last year and cut 80 places for indigenous students,” Senator Scullion said.
“Mr Shorten won’t be telling the people of Darwin that the College stands to lose a further $473,000 per year according to the Gonski modelling.
“And if all that wasn’t enough of a slap in the face, Mr Shorten’s union mates in the Qld Indigenous Education Union are using the laws he set up as the Workplace Relations Minister against the College for making five teachers redundant because of the funding cuts by the Gillard Government!
“And let’s not forget the broken promise on the trade training centres – Labor promised 2,650 in 2007 but there are just 241 trades training facilities operational. This is another example of Labor mismanagement; of Labor over promising and under delivering.
“Minister Shorten is rubbing Darwin’s nose in it by his visit to day and has some difficult questions to answer about what his Government has done to Kormilda College,” Senator Scullion said.
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