Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Force Awakens in Perrett as D'Ath Evades Discourse; Government 'Ignores' Plea for Talk on Our TAFE's Fate

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Force Awakens in Perrett as D'Ath Evades Discourse; Government 'Ignores' Plea for Talk on Our TAFE's Fate

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IT WAS not quite Star Wars but Gympie MP Tony Perrett yesterday fired a shot across the bow of the State Government for ignoring calls to have urgent talks on the closure of courses at Gympie TAFE.

Mr Perrett said yesterday the government had not responded to requests for urgent talks on the proposed disbanding of nursing studies at the Gympie TAFE next year.

"It has now been more than a week since I wrote to the Minister for Training and Skills, Yvette D'Ath seeking a reassurance about the continuation of the courses and requesting an urgent meeting with TAFE Queensland," Mr Perrett said.

"The silence has been deafening.

"All the minister has to do is send an email or pick up the phone - it can't be that hard to organise a meeting.

"Gympie is hearing it loud and clear that this government is treating our TAFE students with contempt.

"This issue is particularly distressing for many constituents who have reminded me that the Labor Party and its candidate during the last state election promised to maintain and in fact increase courses at the Gympie TAFE. …

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