MEDIA RELEASE: UNI STUDENTS TO PAY FOR $50 BILLION BIG BUSINESS TAX CUT - WEDNESDAY, 10 MAY 2017

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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

TERRI BUTLER MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY
MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH

LIBERAL BUDGET 2017 – UNI STUDENTS TO PAY FOR $50 BILLION BIG BUSINESS TAX CUT

The Budget confirms that Malcolm Turnbull will jack up student fees and cut unis by $3.8 billion to pay for a big business tax cut. Labor will never support this.

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.

He is completely out of touch.

There’s not a cent for university and research infrastructure either.

If Australia is to have a strong, high productivity economy, we should be investing in education, not cutting it like the Liberals are doing.

You just can’t trust the Liberals on education. Australians agree.

Results of recent surveys that show people don’t want to see students getting slugged with higher fees, and they don’t want cuts to higher education.

Labor invests in education because we believe there's nothing better for our society, or our economy, than well educated, well trained Australians in good, well paid jobs.

In Government, Labor lifted overall investment in unis from $8 billion a year in 2007, to $14 billion a year in 2013.

Over the last four years, The Liberals have spent around $4.5 million on 27 reviews, inquiries, and talkfests on higher education. All they've come up with is plan for higher student fees and cuts to unis. It’s pathetic.

WEDNESDAY, 10 MAY 2017