If the Government was serious about backing down on its unacceptable higher education changes, it would withdraw its failed legislation.
Young people in rural and regional Australia will take no joy from the Coalition Government’s announcement that it will “defer” its attack on regional universities.
The plans to charge students $100,000 for a degree, cut funding by 20%, and further privatise the university sector will hit hardest in rural and regional Australia, particularly those which have a higher number of mature aged students.
The new Minister has made it clear that he is sticking with the “principles” of Tony Abbott’s plan.
It’s time to scrap this whole plan, not defer it.
FRIDAY, 2 OCTOBER 2015
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
SENATOR KIM CARR
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND INDUSTRY
SENATOR FOR VICTORIA
THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR RURAL AFFAIRS
SPOKESPERSON FOR COUNTRY CAUCUS
MEMBER FOR HUNTER