Labor has proven once again it is putting ideology before people, with State Governments turning their back on half a billion dollars.

Queensland and Victoria’s Labor Governments were set to receive $245 million and $320 million to create 50,000 new apprentice and training program places in the next four years.

But those States chose not to be part of the $1.5 billion Skilling Australians Fund, putting politics before the needs of their communities.

The Nationals in Government have long campaigned for better access to training for people in rural and regional areas, highlighted by the 100,000 fee-free apprenticeships announced in this year’s State Budget. We welcome the additional funding from our Federal colleagues.

Sadly, our friends across the border in Victoria and Queensland will miss out because of Labor’s petty power games.