Friday, 29 July 2016

What will Birmingham do?

A well-connected young Liberal has set up companies that sell diploma courses and harvest job seekers' data for the scandal-plagued taxpayer-funded vocational education sector.

The Melbourne Grammar graduate, Jake Foster, previously owned a business which was accused of targeting vulnerable students and selling them courses at Australia's largest vocational education network.

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham recently pledged to take a "leading role" in cracking down on the sector's integrity, but new evidence shows members of his own party are beneficiaries of the booming 

On Thursday, he issued a blunt warning to the sector: "Anyone found to be rorting the system will be held to account."

The company responsible for selling job seekers' data, Spot Distributors, is run by the 23-year-old Victorian Young Liberal Mr Foster and, until May, was also owned by his best friend and Scotch College alumnus Paul Mitchell.

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