MEDIA RELEASE: MALCOM TURNBULL'S CRUEL PLAN FOR UNI STUDENTS

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

 SENATOR DEBORAH O’NEILL
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR INNOVATION
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

EMMA MCBRIDE MP
MEMBER FOR DOBELL

ANNE CHARLTON
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR ROBERTSON

 

MALCOLM TURNBULL'S CRUEL PLAN FOR UNI STUDENTS

 

Labor will fight against Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to charge students as much as $3200 for university preparation courses that are currently free.

Today, the Deputy Labor Leader, Tanya Plibersek, visited the University of Newcastle’s Ourimbah campus to hear from students and staff about the terrible impact Mr Turnbull’s plan will have.

Ms Plibersek said the university preparation courses give people who may not have finished high school the opportunity to go to uni.

“The courses teach the maths, science, English, and other skills necessary for university,” Ms Plibersek said.

“They are particularly successful in helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds get a university education.

“But Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to introduce fees of thousands of dollars will put these course out of reach for people that really need them.

“It’s just cruel.”

The Member for Dobell, Emma McBride, said residents of the Central Coast were very worried about Mr Turnbull’s unfair plan.

“These university preparation courses open up terrific opportunities,” Ms McBride said.  

“Around a quarter of undergraduate students at the Central Coast campus begin their studies through one of these preparation courses. 

“These students go on to be our nurses and teachers.”

Labor’s candidate for Robertson, Anne Charlton, said she has deep concerns about Malcolm Turnbull’s planned fee hike.

“What’s worse is that Mr Turnbull’s plan to charge students up to $3200 for preparation courses comes at the same time as he’s trying to cut uni funding, jack up fees, and force students to pay back uni debts faster.

“Clearly, Malcolm Turnbull thinks it’s fair to saddle young Australians with a big uni debt at the same time as they are trying to buy a house, or start a family.”

Senator Deborah O’Neill, who once taught at the Ourimbah Campus, said Mr Turnbull has twisted priorities.

“Malcolm Turnbull is giving tax cuts to big businesses and millionaires,” Senator O’Neill said.

“But he wants students to pay more for uni, get bigger uni debts, and pay them back faster. 

“His priorities are all wrong.

“In contrast, the last Labor government lifted overall investment in unis from $8 billion a year in 2007, to $14 billion a year in 2013.”

 

TUESDAY, 11 JULY 2017