A very good opinion piece in The Age illustrating the abject failure of the Howard Government's handling of the skills shortage in Australia.
When Howard came to power in 1996, he immediately scrapped the previous Labor Government's successful Working Nation programme. Now we are paying the price. The "New Apprenticeships" scheme is little more than window dressing, offering very little that's new - just repackaging of existing initiatives.
The not-so-clever country - Opinion - theage.com.au