The Australian Education Union and other union and community groups launched the TAFE4All campaign to support the public TAFE system - the route into work and higher educationfor hundreds of thousands of Victorians every year.
Victorian state government announced $40 million of TAFEfunding cuts in early May and flagged the possibility of future cuts to thetune of $230 million. 3CR’s national workplace justice program, Stick Together spoke toMargarita Windisch, TAFE teacher at Victoria University, about the funding cutsand the state government's push towards greater privatisation of education andtraining.
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After hearing the budget announcement that funding for up to 80% of TAFE courses would be cut and institutes would lose their communityservice funding about 2000 people rallied in Melbourne on Thursday 10 May. TAFE student and former 3CR programmer Nick Wurlod spoke to 3CR’s Thursday Breakfast show about the campaign against thefunding cuts.
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RMIT TAFE students and their supportersalso rallied on Wednesday 23 May. 3CR caught some sounds and voices on the march from RMIT in Carltonto Parliament House.
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Another of the casualties of the funding cuts is the Diplomaof Auslan at the TAFE Kangan Institute. The TAFE Kangan Institute is currentlythe only institution in Victoria,which offers a diploma in Auslan. It is, in fact, one of only two institutionsthat offer a diploma in Auslan in Australia.3CR’s Tuesday Breakfast show spoke with Vicdeaf Communications and Community Relations manager Brent Phillips and to current student of Auslan atthe Kangan Institute Lana Schwarcz. Auslan interpreter Mark Quinn was alsopresent for the interview to translate for Brent Phillips.
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