House debates

Thursday, 5 March 2015


National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment Bill 2015; Consideration in Detail

9:46 am

Photo of Sharon BirdSharon Bird (Cunningham, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Vocational Education) Share this | Hansard source

I appreciate the minister's comments. It is an important area to look at. I would just like to put on the record that the VET FEE-HELP scheme was actually established in 2007 under the Howard government, although it did commence in 2009. So I think the history is important but less important than those people in our communities who are being exploited at this point in time. I have to put on the record my appreciation to the assistant minister as well and encourage him to perhaps have some conversations with me before the bill is finalised to find a way to address some of these issues.


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