Canberra Connection with Justine Elliot

Office contacts

Ph: 1300 720 675

Fax: 6277 5379

Address: PO Box 6996, Tweed Heads South, NSW, 2486


Skills crisis

We are being told by John Howard that there is a skills shortage and that foreign workers are being imported to fill that shortage well, the government has been in power for 10 years now, why havent they trained our local young people for these jobs?

In Richmond we have almost 30 per cent youth unemployment why isnt the Howard Government investing in our childrens futures?

This Howard Government has turned away 270,000 students from TAFE over the last 10 years and at the same time allowed in 300,000 foreign workers. I am not opposed to immigration, but immigration is no substitute for training young Australians. I say train Australians first and train them now!

I want to see the youth unemployment level in our area go down and opportunities for training and education for our children increase not the other way around.

I also do not support importing foreign apprentices whilst Aussie kids are being turned away. It is so important to train our local young people and give them the skills they need to obtain employment.

A Federal Labor Government will invest in our children by removing TAFE fees for traditional apprentices as well as abolishing foreign apprenticeship visas.

National Heritage grants

Applications are now open for the second round of grants through the National Heritage Investment Initiative.

The National Heritage Investment Initiative supports projects that restore and conserve the most important historic heritage places around the country through practical assistance.

Grants between $10,000 and $500,000 are available to assist a range of projects such as plastering, restoring roofs, masonry and brickwork, and repairing gutters and drains on historically significant buildings.

I would be pleased to provide a letter of support for eligible applications as the initiative will help create flow-on effects for our local community, such as skills training and employment in the building industries and an increase in tourism.

Ill always fight to make sure that locals get their fair share of federal funding.

The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday, November 24. For more information contact 1800 653 004 or email

If youre interested in finding out about other federal grants that may be available for your community organisation, please contact my office.

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