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Labor blames govt for VET fee blow outs

AAP logoAAP 18/10/2016

Blaming Labor for the "blow outs and the mess" in the vocational education sector is a government admission that it "took its eye off the ball", parliament has been told.

Opposition VET spokeswoman Kate Ellis blames the government for the billions of wasted dollars in the VET Fee Help Scheme altered under Labor in 2012.

"If they knew something was wrong on day one, why didn't they fix it on day one," she said on Tuesday.

MPs are debating bills to reform the VET system, with hundreds of courses scrapped from fee-help.

The government insists it tried to fix the sector with a raft of measures in 2015.

Vocational Education and Skills Minister Luke Hartsuyker argued unscrupulous course providers used Labor's scheme to trick students into useless study.

"VET Fee Help is a mess of Labor's making," he said.

The system has been plagued by provider rorting and targeting of vulnerable students to collect fees.

"Unfortunately many of my constituents have been left with large loans as a result of the scheme introduced by Labor, loans the cannot repay for courses that they did not want," Mr Hartsuyker said.

It was fine for someone to do a diploma of energy healing, but the taxpayer should not fund it.

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