In his recent letter (The Courier, August 3) Simon Ramsay enters into a blame game and attempts to again distract from the devastating impact of the Baillieu government's TAFE cuts.
By denouncing criticism of the Baillieu government as "political opportunism" he demonstrates a lack of empathy for the people in his electorate who will be affected by the TAFE cuts.
Loss of access to courses, opportunities and jobs in Ballarat has led to widespread community anger.
After speaking to hundreds of local residents it is clear that a significant number of Ballarat residents condemn the TAFE cuts. The sentiment is the same across the state.
There is plenty of community momentum for a sustained campaign against these cuts.
By digging in his heels and refusing to listen to the people of Ballarat, Simon Ramsay simply reasserts the Baillieu government's dogmatic position that these cuts are non-negotiable.
He shows that he is not willing to listen to broad based concerns in his electorate.
Yet it is regional and rural areas like ours that will be hardest hit by these cuts.
Unfortunately our Liberal party aligned Ballarat City councillors are also unwilling to stand up for Ballarat and speak out strongly on this issue.