For decades we've seen our TAFE system ripped apart by successive federal governments and state governments through neglect, through lack of funding and through privatisation. This is incredibly short-sighted and destructive. TAFE educates and trains the skilled workers that communities, businesses and industries across the country depend on. TAFEs will be at the centre of rebuilding after the bushfires and the pandemic as we transition to a renewable energy future. A high-quality, publicly owned and fully funded TAFE system is essential for building an economically and socially just society. Everyone has a right to education, regardless of what you want to study and what stage of life you're at. Not only should TAFE be properly funded; it should be free.