Gilmore MP Fiona Phillips has criticised the federal government's decision to appoint The Block host Scott Cam as the first ever national careers ambassador.
In a speech to parliament on Monday, October 14 she said the government was trying to "hide the reality" of its decisions by appointing the celebrity.
"So when I hear, like we did last week, that the government thinks the solution is a celebrity, I can't help but shake my head," Mrs Phillips said.
"I agree with the Prime Minister that we do need more tradies, but Scott Cam is not the answer.
"I feel confident when I say that no matter how popular he may be, and I'm sure Scott Cam is a nice enough chap, this has nothing to do with Scott Cam.
"He cannot make up for a funding black hole this government has created.
Her comments follow the decision by the Prime Minister last week to appoint The Block host as a national careers ambassador to encourage more young people to pursue trades careers.
"I want to see more Australians become plumbers, electricians and bakers than lawyers and consultants. I would like to see more of them going on to become their own boss," Scott Morrison said on Thursday.
"Scott Cam is proof that undertaking a trade can be a very valuable, rewarding and successful career choice, and there are plenty more who can tell a similar story to Scott."
In Mrs Phillips' speech on Monday night she also raised youth unemployment, drop-out rates in apprenticeships and the axing of pre-apprenticeships at TAFE campuses in Gilmore.