I NEARLY fell over the edge of the public gallery in laughter at Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro's verbal antics during question time in the NSW Parliament House on Wednesday, February 17.
Mr Barilaro crowed that regional NSW is front and centre of decision-making by the Baird Government, and yet this man is part of a state cabinet proposing to sell off 21 TAFE colleges in the bush - one of them in his own electorate of Queanbeyan.
Selling a TAFE college in the bush spells the death knell for a country town, especially those with high youth unemployment.
Despite the high quality of this TAFE training, Mr Barilaro, now also wants to pay the remaining TAFE teachers an annual salary $50,000 which is less than that earned by a primary school teacher.
TAFE colleges are the only institute where affordable and recognised vocational courses are taught.