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I was the first person in my family to finish school, let alone go to university. I know the transformative impact that a good education can have on your life. But after almost a decade of cuts and falling school results, it’s harder and more expensive for young people to get the education they deserve. A smarter country is a stronger country. That’s why Labor will always fight for strong schools, strong TAFEs and strong universities.

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Labor's vision:

  1. Labor will fix our broken child care system. Under Labor’s plan, 97% of families will be better off – because in Australia, a world-class education shouldn’t break the bank.
  2. After almost a decade of declining school results in reading, maths and science, Labor will act to fix the fundamentals of our schools. Australia should be at the top of the pack, not the bottom.
  3. Labor will restore the status of TAFE and training in Australia – because we know that going to TAFE is just as important as going to university. We will undo the damage that has seen apprentice numbers drop by 140,000 since 2013.
  4. Labor will end the war on universities that has seen places cut and fees double. Under a Labor Government, if you get the marks, you should get the opportunity to go to university.

The details:

Labor knows education is the key to opportunity. I’ve lived it. Our schools, TAFEs and universities are vital to Australia’s success. Making sure a quality education is accessible and affordable for every Australian doesn’t just open doors of opportunity for individuals – it also makes us smarter and ready for the future.

Public education is one of our great achievements as a society, and it always should be. I’m proud to say my son, Nathan, had a public education. His experience drove home the difference that a good teacher and a good principal can make. Ours is a system where no one is held back and no one is left behind.

Public education should embody the best of who we are as Australians. Public education is about equality and opportunity. It’s what makes sure that the circumstances of our birth do not dictate our destiny. 

After almost a decade, it’s clear the Morrison Government sees education as just a commodity. That’s the difference between us and them. Labor sees education as something that benefits not just an individual, but our whole Australian community.

Education is a public good. We need to stop the cuts to TAFE and stop the cuts to universities. We need to properly value the education – and the educators – from the early years right through to school, TAFE and university.

We must begin a national project to repair our training system. The first policy I announced as Labor leader was to create Jobs and Skills Australia, bringing together unions and businesses, governments and industry, to match the training of today with the jobs of tomorrow. We have a shortage of nurses, welders, brick layers, engineers, and hairdressers. But there are 140,000 fewer people doing an apprenticeship or traineeship than there were almost a decade ago. This is a failure of leadership. Labor will equip every Australian with the skills they need for a good, secure job. And we want to make sure every employer has access to a well-trained Australian workforce.

Right at the heart of our plan for skills and training is the great institution of public TAFE. But there’s more government can and should do. Every year, the Commonwealth spends billions of taxpayer dollars on building and upgrading roads, maintaining railways and repairing bridges. To give us bang for our buck, Labor will create an Australian Skills Guarantee – guaranteeing that one in 10 workers on federally-funded projects will be an apprentice, trainee or cadet. We’ll also look at skills guarantees for other industries backed by taxpayer dollars, like aged care, disability care and child care – because we want to help give workers a foot in the door.

And we’ll bring the same approach to defence projects too. Over the next decade, there is $270 billion of defence spending on the books. We’ll use that money to benefit Australian workers and Australian industry by bringing more projects onshore – because our skills as a nation is an important part of our security as a nation. 

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334a Marrickville Road
MARRICKVILLE NSW 2204

Phone: (02) 9564 3588
Fax: (02) 9564 1734
Email: A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au

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CANBERRA ACT 2600

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