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If you were in the city on August 16th you may have heard the chants “Bailliue Bailliue, he’s going to fail you,”  you may have seen the flood of teachers and students streaming down towards Parliament and you may have asked yourself, what’s all this fuss about?

Students and teachers march through the city.

In the latest state budget the Baillieu government cut a brutal $300 million from the TAFE sector. Now hundreds of teachers and TAFE staff have lost their jobs. Many campuses are  facing closure, courses have been shut down and fees have been massively increased for thousands of students. And to further rub salt into the wound, the government is considering cutting another $230 million.

I asked some TAFE students and staff why they were so passionate about this issue.

Neil, Latrobe Valley

 

 

 

“Because some of my friends have already lost their job, but I’m more worried about where the students are going to go.”

 

 

 

 

Matthew, Box Hill

 

 

“Because not many places have a quality and recognised music course like Box Hill Institute, if it shuts down it will have a substantial effect on the Melbourne contemporary music scene.”

 

 

 

 

Angus, Swinburne

 

 

 

“Because Swinburne is already under funded, one of my teachers leaves an hour early to get to another class.”

 

 

 

 

A lot of protesters had travelled from the country to make their voice heard as rural and remote towns will most likely suffer worst from these cuts. If their TAFE’s are closed, students and teachers will have to commute miles and miles to work and study. Julia Gillard even hit out at Mr Bailliue claiming it will be a heavy blow for towns such as Warrnambool, Morwell and Mildura, calling TAFE part of their ‘social Fabric’.

A major concern for protesters was where will the kids who have tried and failed at normal school go?  The kids who just don’t fit in?  And the others who have unimaginable home lives and struggle to cope with school as well?

Chloe Williams is one of those students, completing a child care diploma at GoTAFE in Seymour, country Victoria. “I dropped out of school because of bullying, if TAFE didn’t take me I would be doing nothing” Chloe said. She fears her and the other people on her class have no future without TAFE.

And what about the students who use TAFE as a pathway to university? Many students HAVE to go to TAFE in order to get into their desired course.

A student stands up for Swinburne as it faces closure. Swinburne offers many university pathway courses.

Angus Cameron, a student of Engineering at Swinburne TAFE says he won’t be able to complete his university degree if his TAFE shuts down. “I’m not sure if I’ll still be able to go to uni” Angus said.

Baillieu has hit back claiming “enrolments exploded in courses that were cheap to deliver, profitable for providers but did not deliver on jobs.” This is his attempt to shift the blame to the previous Labour government, whose funding regime allowed private providers to flourish. These registered training offices don’t have the same overheads and are running diplomas in days when the skills take months to acquire and TAFE’s just can’t compete.

Despite the previous governments errors, Baillieu has still made the decision to cut TAFE’s funding in a time when they need all they could get. He however refers to it as a ‘reform’ and claims it was “designed to save the system from collapse”.

But this reform has already shut down RMIT’s Professional Writing Diploma through lack of numbers, while cuts have also led to the closure of the Engineering department at Bendigo TAFE’s Castlemaine campus.

The future is uncertain for TAFE students and teachers but one thing is for sure, they’re not going to take it any more.

If you missed the protest join the constant virtual rally on twiiter at https://twitter.com/TAFE4All

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Cross- eyed medal

Posted: September 27, 2012 by alicejames11 in AFL, Melbourne, Sport
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Victorian born Joel Cross has been announced the 2012 Magarey Medal Winner, for the fairest and most brilliant player of the South Australian Football League (SANFL).

This win only furthers Xavier College’s successful year with many of their past students making a mark in football. Ted Richards, Alex Johnson, Dan Hannebery and Josh Kennedy all winning the premiership. Jobe Watson won the Brownlow medal whilst he also was named in the All Australian team along side Richards and Kennedy.

AFL guru recognised the achievement of Xavier College and tweeted their exemplary efforts.

Cross attended Xavier college, where he played in the thirds in Year 11. ‘I was a late bloomer, I didn’t fully develop on the footy field until my late teens’.

Despite his obvious talent, Cross knows there is no chance for AFL. ‘I am too old now, they just aren’t interested.’ It begs the question, should the AFL start looking to recruit reliable mature age players in front of a teenage boy who cannot withstand the pressures?

For now Cross is happy playing in the SANFL, a league he sees far superior to the Victorian Football League (VFL). He played for Box Hill Hawks for two seasons, but didn’t like the style of football that was being played. ‘In the SANFL we play to win, but at Box Hill we were playing to develop the AFL side (Hawthorn). That is just not the way footy should be played in my book.’

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Proud of his achievements, Cross’ biggest inspiration was his grandpa, who always knew he could make something big out of his football. ‘My pa passed away a week before my first SANFL game. That was all the more reason to play harder.’

Being a full time accountant in Adelaide, Cross often finds it a struggle to balance both careers. ‘I am pretty busy most of the time, but the difference between football and accounting is pretty drastic so they seem to even themselves out.’ 

Cross is yet to renew his contract for the 2013 season at South Adelaide, but is confident he will continue playing in the SANFL.

 – Alice James

The debate about the fate of the Box Hill Boer War Memorial heats up as Council decides whether to move it from its current site on Whitehorse Road.