TAFE cuts under the stethoscope, p. 31
Adopting a phlegmatic tone, Mr Harding defends the TAFE system as, he believes, it provides vital skills for young adults. Appealing to values such as social inclusiveness, and using the extended metaphor of a sick patient, “slowing bleeding to death”, he seeks to criticise the recent budget cuts, and instil a sense of fear among members of the community who rely on such courses. From his own extensive professional experience, Mr Harding candidly points out that the loss of $290 million will lead to the “destruction of an excellent system”. Noting that the system is “critical in providing skills to the workforce”, he encourages us to recognise the extent to which at-risk young adults will become socially and educationally marginalised. To further isolate the government’s policies and to fuel our anger, Mr Harding draws our attention to an “irresponsible government” that is using education as a “plaything of social forces”. These phrases encourage all concerned members of the community to realise that a responsible government would reinstate the cutbacks and ensure a “supportive learning environment” is accessible to all.
Dragging their feet:
Adopting a solicitous tone, Ms Martin discredits the tardy response of Government’s to close solariums. She refers initially to Clare Oliver’s death which provides Ms Martin with the motivation to voice her extreme vexation. She couples this anecdotal evidence with statistics to reinforce her conclusion that the government has not done enough to prevent similar deaths. That innocent and unsuspecting young adults are “paying to roast themselves to death” is likely to evoke feelings of extreme frustration especially among family members who are struggling to convince their loved ones to refrain from using such false tanning methods. As a result, this author uses cause-and-effect reasoning strategies to suggest that in the absence of real action the government appears to be favouring businesses and their desire to profit from other’s distress. (OR As a result, this author makes the assumption that in the absence of real action the government appears to be favouring businesses and their desire to profit from other’s distress.) By prioritising values such as health and well-being over profit and greed, Ms Martin urges all concerned members of the community voice join with her and isolate the government and recalcitrant business members.
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