If the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills was still studying he would be in a whole heap of trouble after Fairfax media today revealed that Vocational Education and Skills Minister, Scott Ryan, had plagiarised someone else’s work.
According to the article, last week Senator Ryan made a speech to the Group Training Australia Conference in Adelaide in which he quotedalmost word for word and without attribution part of an article which appeared in the Group Training Publication Network from March 2014.
If Senator Ryan were a student at school, TAFE or university he would be asked to explain himself and how that work of another suddenly became his own.
It appears that there has been “continuity with change” as Senator Ryan has taken a leaf from Malcolm Turnbull’s playbook in copying someone else’s work.
This is the same Minister who told ABC Radio National on Sunday that he should be absolved of any responsibility for the waste of taxpayers’ money in the VET FEE-HELP program because he is such a novice:
“I’ve only been the Minister for seven weeks”
Background Briefing - ABC Radio National 10 April 2016
The Minister continued to show just how inexperienced he is when he refused to answer the ABC’s questions and decided to shut the interview down in dramatic style.
He is obviously out of his depth and the sector needs a Minister with experience in the critical area of vocational education and skills.
The Minister needs to recognise that he is now a Minister of the Commonwealth – not a naughty schoolboy copying someone else’s homework.
It is time this Government found a Minister who is actually capable of managing a very difficult portfolio at a critically important time.
With actions like this it is no surprise that the Abbott/Turnbull Liberals have presided over the explosion of VET FEE-HELP loans from $699 million in 2013 to $1.7 billion in 2014, with predictions that the scheme will blow out to over $3 billion for 2015.