Plus ça change of the day

Oh good, a new skills planning agency. Whatever happened to the last one?

“The National Skills Commission is playing an increasingly important role in our national conversation, identifying emerging and future workforce skills needs and enabling us to develop targeted and evidence-based policies to maximise our investment in skills and employment.” Employment and skills minister Stuart Robert, speech yesterday.

The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, “will play an important role in ensuring the Government has the right policy settings and long term planning in place to meet the future training demands of the economy. Through the work of the agency we are planning today for the jobs of tomorrow and putting the skills needs of Australians first. Labor Tertiary education and skills minister, “Silent Chris” Evans launches AWPA, July 19 2012

Yes that AWPA, the one abolished by the Abbott Government in 2014