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Today, readers comment on course cuts, cardiac care and how to stop rorting of a new scheme to boost jobs for the under-30s.

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Commenting on the story: ‘Fraught with danger’: Warnings over TAFE cuts to vulnerable care courses

As usual we have the usual yada yada, blah blah response from TAFE and the Government about alignment, skills updating and so on, and then equally stupid statements about Covid-19, continuing courses that address a need in the community, and letting private providers in to dip their snouts in the trough.

I assume childcare and aged care trained persons aren’t needed in the community. As for training providers, don’t they remember the shonky education providers from a few years back? Another case of stupid fiddling while Rome burns! – Edward Jaeger

Hmmm. We’ll be able to get hair removed properly, but don’t worry about the people looking after the state’s children! What priorities, TAFE? – Gerarda Vleut

And these are the jobs of the future! – Sheila Jarmain

The AEU were not silent when the Labour government made cuts, and that lobbying led Jay Weatherill and Susan Close to admit they got it wrong and were committed to rebuilding TAFE at the last state election (a little too late).

Jay Weatherill also quarantined funding to only be delivered to TAFE to ensure quality of graduates. – Ania Holmes

Commenting on the story: Doctors’ repeated warnings about lack of W&CH cardiac care went unanswered

The comments from Dr John de Campo, former CEO at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne, and our Premier Steven Marshall about how safety of a cardiac surgery unit in Adelaide are misleading.

The up-to-date medical literature confirms that there is no consistent direct relationship between patient volume and outcome.

The small units in Australia in Perth and the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney have results that are comparable to, or better than, some larger units. And this is true world-wide. It is resourcing, expertise and other factors that are important.

The RCH in Melbourne don’t report their results, so we don’t know it performs.

The other key factor is that the mortality rates for urgent paediatric cardiac surgery are much lower than the risk of death due to a delay in surgery.

So it is clear that a safe and efficient cardiac service can be established at the WCH for the 90-100 children who would otherwise have to undergo hazardous interstate transfer.

The bureaucratic influences preventing this must be discarded, so that we can care for our children with heart problems, as is the case in every other mainland capital in Australia. – Warren Jones

Commenting on the story: Demands for older workers not to be axed for JobMaker youth subsidy

Wage subsidy schemes have been around since Adam was a lad. They worked better back when any rorting /misuse was overseen by the federal public service, up close and personal.

By that I mean that the old CES (abolished by Howard) had workers whose job it was to form relationships with employers and ensure that for younger workers, say, taken on to work in hairdressing, weren’t part of a six month ‘revolving door’ to gain the subsidy, sack the worker and take another one on.

 Such misuse meant that employers doing this were blacklisted. Since the CES no longer exists and Job Networks appear to have very little or no relationship with employers, who will blow the whistle? Sacked older workers? How will they know who replaces them? – Helen Chadwick

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