A supplementary question regarding TAFE SA to the Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills.
Hon. S.G. WADE asked Hon. G.E. GAGO a question regarding TAFESA not imposing a fee for a diploma course, forecasted to be as much as $3000.
"...can the minister advise whether any other TAFE fee-free courses will incur a fee from next year?"
In Hon G Gago response she stated:
"It is the responsibility of TAFE SA. The honourable member needs to address his question to TAFE SA. They set their own business structures, which includes fee structures, accordingly. The South Australian government is the funder and TAFE SA is the service provider."
The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: My question to the minister is: why is this an operational matter when the question is asked in parliament, when on Matt and Dave's show on ABC the minister can attempt to give a response?
The Hon. G.E. GAGO (Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills, Minister for Science and Information Economy, Minister for the Status of Women, Minister for Business Services and Consumers) ( 14:51 :35 ): That's nonsense, absolute nonsense. It's just incorrect. It's blatantly incorrect. I was not asked that question on Matt and Dave. It's just blatantly totally incorrect that I was asked about a fee, Mr President, in terms of the question. It's just not correct.