THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR BRADDON
THE LIBERALS ARE FAILING THE UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA
Labor’s candidate for Braddon, Justine Keay, said today’s reports the Liberals have ripped a massive $177 million from the University of Tasmania shows they just don’t care about jobs and opportunities in North West Tasmania.
“Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts mean fewer bachelor degree places, so many people in our region will miss out on uni,” Ms Keay said.
“Labor has committed to reversing Mr Turnbull’s unfair uni cap policy.
“Under Labor, around 618 extra people in Braddon will get the chance to study a bachelor degree at uni.
“The University of Tasmania’s Cradle Coast campus offers a wide range of bachelor degrees, and has plans to offer more choice in years ahead.
“Labor wants even more North West Tasmanians studying the bachelor degree they want, so they can get good jobs.
“Malcolm Turnbull says he can’t find the money to properly fund unis.
“But he can find $80 billion to give away to big business and the banks.
“His priorities are all wrong.”
The Deputy Labor Leader, Tanya Plibersek, said she believed everyone in North West Tasmania with the ability and dedication should get the chance to study the course they want at uni.
“That’s exactly what Justine Keay has been fighting for in Canberra,” Ms Plibersek said.
“Justine knows that nine in ten jobs created in the coming years will need a uni or TAFE qualification.
“Justine wants North West Tasmania to have a strong economy, and secure, decently paid jobs. That’s why, unlike the Liberals, Justine will make investment in education a top priority.
“The Liberal candidate for Braddon supported Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull’s horror cuts to education.
“He has never stood up for the local community – he just can’t be trusted with something as important as education – he can’t be trusted with your family’s future,” she said.
THURSDAY, 14 JUNE 2018