THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
TERRI BUTLER MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY
MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH
IT’S TIME FOR MALCOLM TURNBULL TO DROP HIS UNI CUTS AND HIGHER FEES
Malcolm Turnbull has failed to get the Senate’s support to push through his unfair uni cuts and higher fees, so he should drop them now, for good.
Year 12 students and others, are already trying to make decisions about what to study at uni in 2018. But thanks to the mess created by Mr Turnbull, they have no idea how much their degrees will cost.
This uncertainty must end today.
The Liberals want students to pay higher uni fees, get into more debt, and repay it sooner – all for a poorer quality education. It’s a complete rip-off. It’s no wonder the Senate won’t support it.
For the Liberals, this has always been about finding Budget savings, not about strengthening unis, or helping students.
If it’s Budget savings the Liberals want, Labor can help.
Instead of cutting unis, how about the Liberals:
- Dump their big business tax cut - $65 billion saved.
- Dump their tax cut for people on more than $180K a year - $19 billion saved.
- Crack down on negative gearing and capital gains tax concession – $37 billion saved.
That’s well more than $100 billion saved, without breaking a sweat.
It’s clear the Senate will not be bullied into voting for Malcolm Turnbull’s uni cuts and higher student fees, especially when he’s spending more than $65 billion so big business and millionaires can pay less tax.
The Liberals want to rob students and unis to pay big business and millionaires.
Their priorities are all wrong.
THURSDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2017