||Issue No. 303||21 April 2006|
Interview: Head On
Unions: Do You Have a Moment?
Industrial: Vital Signs
Economics: Taxing Times
Environment: It Ain’t Necessarily So
History: Melbourne’s Hours
Immigration: Opening the Floodgates
Review: Pollie Fiction
Poetry: The Cabal
The Locker Room
Lying Lies And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them II
What Tax Cuts?
Belly Says It’s Time
A Word Of Warning Stop
Well That Clears That Up Then
Apprentices Assume Missionary Position
The Howard Government this week stripped the NSW Department of Education and Training of $60 million in contracts to run apprentice advice centres - with the money going to its close political allies.
The DET's National Apprentice Centre's were knocked off by bidders aligned with business lobby cheer-leader Australian Industry Group and Mission Australia, the one religious group who likes WorkChoices so much it has joined the (un)Fair Pay Commission.,
The decision will lead to the loss of 270 jobs and has been branded a reward for political support of the Howard Government's industrial relations agenda by the NSW Public Service Association.
PSA General Secretary John Cahill has called for a review of the tendering process, with concerns that the government has penalised the NZSW Government for its support of collective bargaining..
"This appears to be a decision that puts politics ahead of the interests of young workers," Cahill says
"It seems bizarre that this service would be given to the employer lobby - the group responsible for the collapse in apprentice training in this country."
NSW Education Minister Carmel Tebbutt says Thousands of NSW apprentices and employers will be hurt by the Federal Government's cancellation of the Department of Education and Training's New Apprenticeships Centre (DETNAC) contract from 30 June 2006.
"For eight years DETNAC has helped build the NSW economy with its high-quality support to apprentices, trainees and employers," Tebbutt says.
"Last December, the Commonwealth Government's own assessment system gave DETNAC a 98% quality service rating and a 93% satisfaction rating among apprentices and employers that had used its services.
"It is unbelievable that the Federal Government will cut a service which, by its own rating system - is ranked higher than the national average for similar agencies."
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