THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
ACTING LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
SENATOR KIM CARR
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, RESEARCH
INNOVATION AND INDUSTRY
SENATOR FOR VICTORIA
THE HON AMANDA RISHWORTH MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
MEMBER FOR KINGSTON
$100,000 DEGREES MUST BE DUMPED, NOT JUST DELAYED
Australians will take little comfort today from the news that the Liberals will delay their unfair plan for $100,000 degrees and university deregulation for a year.
The Liberals’ plan for $100,000 degrees must not just be delayed, it must be dumped for good.
The Abbott/Turnbull Government’s legislation has been rejected twice by the Senate and the reality is that implementation in 2016 was already impossible.
Minister Birmingham has done no more than admit the obvious.
The Government must now end the uncertainty once and for all by dropping its plan altogether and returning long-term certainty to the Australian university system.
Instead, Simon Birmingham continues to make the argument for funding cuts and Malcolm Turnbull is on record “wholeheartedly” supporting the changes:
“I support unreservedly and wholeheartedly every element in the Budget. Every single one.”
“I support every element. … I support the reforms to higher education.”
Malcom Turnbull – 2GB – 5 June 2014
In announcing today’s one-year delay, the Abbott/Turnbull Government has revealed that it is still determined to push forward with deregulation.
Labor will continue to fight the Liberals’ plan for $100,000 degrees, funding cut and deregulation – a plan that is overwhelmingly opposed by the Australian people.
Unlike the Abbott/Turnbull Government, Labor has developed a positive plan for more graduates, not $100,000 degrees.
A Shorten Labor Government will invest in every student to ensure they graduate with the skills and knowledge they need for the jobs of the future.
We want Australian students that start university, to finish with a high quality degree, not a lifetime of debt.
A Shorten Labor Government will:
- Increase the number of students completing their study by 20,000 graduates a year from 2020.
- Deliver more information for parents and students so they can make good decisions about university.
- Introduce a new Student Funding Guarantee to remove the need for higher fees and a lifetime of debt.
- Invest $31 million to boost the quality of teaching and resources in our universities.
- Establish an independent Higher Education Productivity and Performance Commission to ensure graduates meet the needs of the future economy.
Only Labor is committed to investing in the skills, science, research and innovation that will create and sustain the jobs of the future.