Throsby MP Stephen Jones has made the case for a federal takeover of vocational training, days before the election that is poised to throw his government from power.
Mr Jones and Cunningham MP Sharon Bird met teachers at TAFE's Wollongong campus yesterday to discuss the party's support for vocational education and training.
Mr Jones backed Kevin Rudd's vow - dismissed as an empty threat by Coalition state governments - to assume control of TAFE centres in states that wouldn't boost funding to the sector.
"The Commonwealth government has been increasing funding to the TAFE sector at the very same time the NSW government has been decreasing funding," Mr Jones said.
"It won't work if we're putting money into the top of the bucket and they're draining it out the bottom."
Mr Jones said the concept of a federal takeover wasn't new, and had been backed by the Coalition in the past.
John Howard proposed a national takeover of vocational training in 1996.