Capricornia MP denies claiming Yeppoon trade centre credit
EDUCATION Shadow Minister Kate Ellis has accused Capricornia MP Michelle Landry of cynically boasting about the Yeppoon trade training centre, while remaining silent as the Abbott Government slashed funds to stop similar projects in the future.
Ms Ellis said budget documents revealed the government had cut $950million from trade training centres.
That was equivalent to 650 new centres.
In parliament this week Ms Landry spoke of the benefits of having a trade training centre in Yeppoon.
"This centre is a win for students and a win for local employers, and I look forward to the many benefits it will have for job opportunities and economic growth on the Capricorn Coast in the future," Hansard reported Ms Landry as saying.
Yesterday, the under-attack politician hit back saying she always supported programs that delivered in her electorate.
"I didn't take credit for it, but was simply proud to talk up things that are happening in our backyard," Ms Landry said.
"Claims of massive cutbacks is pure muck raking.
"The problem is that Labor never paid for anything; our Government is the one who is paying the bills for these projects."
Ms Landry admitted the Abbott government was reviewing the trade centres, which were built under Labor, because of feedback that students in some areas were not graduating with the skills employers need.
Meanwhile Ms Ellis said that other schools across the Capricorn Coast that would have benefited from trade training centres under Labor, would now miss out due to the cuts.