Liberal Leadership Challenge Update

Sky news is reporting that Joe Hockey, Scott Morrison, Kevin Andrew, Peter Dutton, Josh Frydenberg and Eric Abetz have declared support for Prime Minister Abbott. Julie Bishop will apparently side with Malcolm Turnbull. Christopher Pyne and George Brandis are yet indicate who they will support.

The vote is reportedly set for 9.15 pm AEST.

Liberal Leadership Challenge

After months of poor polling and internal conflict, a challenge has been issued to Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The Liberal’s ex-Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has had enough.  He announced in the news today that he will be challenging Tony Abbott for the position of Prime Minister with a leadership ballot. Turnbull stated in a media conference “It is not the fault of individual ministers. Ultimately, the Prime Minister has not been capable of providing the economic leadership our nation needs. He has not been capable of providing the economic confidence that business needs.”

Turnbull said that the government needs a new style of leadership that respects the voters’ intelligence, examined complex issues, set a course of action and justifies it. The government needs advocacy, not slogans. He went on to say, “If we continue with Mr. Abbott as Prime minister, it is clear enough what will happen. He will cease to be Prime Minister and Mr. Shorten will succeed him.”

The leadership vote is set to happen shortly.

Jakob Barrett

Tasmanian Government Training Subsidy

I’m sure there are a few young readers out there struggling with continuing their education. Some of you might have dropped out because of bad grades, some because of stress or mental illness, and others because of financial hardship. Whatever the reason, it is more important to know there are options for continuing education in Tasmania.

If you feel enough time has passed for you to try going back to school but are worried about the associated financial burden, may I draw your attention to a State Government program: the Tasmanian Government Training Subsidy. This scheme can help pay for your training directly through TasTAFE or an endorsed Registered Training Organization of your choice. Eligibility is based on the following criteria:

  • You are an Australian or NZ citizen, or
  • Australian permanent resident, or
  • State sponsored visa on a pathway to permanent residence

and be of:

  • Working age
  • Not at School (other than a school based apprentice)
  • Reside in Tasmania

The National Training Entitlement also requires that learners:

  • Do not have a Cert IV or higher qualification
  • Have not completed a Cert III qualification (including apprenticeship or traineeship) in the last 5 years
  • Are not currently enrolled in another publicly subsidised Cert III qualification

It might seem like a large burden to undertake but education helps further your goals in life. There are also plenty of online resources that you can utilize to gain knowledge in your own time.

Here are some handy links to help:

This list has qualifications for apprenticeships and traineeships which may be undertaken under a training contract.

This link opens to an Excel document giving details to RTOs with a funding agreement to allow subsidised training.

Jakob Barrett

Positive Employment Growth Outlook

The latest issue of Labour force, Australia show that the employment growth of Australians is at a four year high, with a potential for a strong growth in Tasmania.

New free trade agreements will lead to further growth according to Minister for Employment Senator Eric Abetz. “Our economic plan is working,” stated the Senator.

How do you feel about these statistics and effects of new free trade agreements?

ABS Statistics

Jakob Barrett, Keagan Belbin, and Nathan Tucker