Over the break I have been travelling through my beautiful electorate of Corangamite. I met with over 100 organisations: local community, environmental and sporting groups, as well as aged care, health facilities and local businesses. I visited 29 schools and held 16 coffee shop meetings, where I spoke with hundreds of local residents and listened to their concerns and ideas.
This government has no plan and no answers to the education and skills crisis besetting this country. This latest budget does nothing to rectify the inadequacies in vocational education and training—inadequacies created exclusively by this government.
Mr Speaker, I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people, and pay respects to their elders past, present and emerging. To the people of Corangamite I say ‘thank you’ for your trust.