THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
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
STUDENTS AND UNIS HIT HARD BY MALCOLM TURNBULL’S CUTS
Just days out from Christmas, Malcolm Turnbull has delivered students a nasty surprise, revealing he’ll cut $2.2 billion from unis.
The cuts effectively put a cap on the number of uni places – taking us back to the bad old days of John Howard.
I’m sure Mr Turnbull hoped that by sneaking this out during uni holidays that students wouldn’t notice.
But as Year 12 students across Australia are nervously awaiting uni offers, you couldn’t blame them, and their parents, for worrying about the future.
Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts will see students miss out on uni places, bigger lecture and tutorial sizes, and will compromise the quality of teaching and research.
Earlier this year, Labor blocked the Liberals’ uni cuts in the Senate. So today, Malcolm Turnbull has by-passed the Parliament and announced billions of dollars in back door uni cuts instead.
It just shows that the Liberals have never cared about strengthening unis, helping students, or preparing our economy for the future. They’re just after Budget savings.
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.
Mr Turnbull is robbing students to pay multinationals and millionaires.
What kind of Prime Minister wants to make it easier for big business to pay less tax, but harder to for people to go to uni?
His priorities are all wrong.
Everything Malcolm Turnbull does puts uni further out of reach.
It’s part of the war Mr Turnbull is waging on young people. He wants to make it harder to go to uni, harder to buy a house, harder to start a family, harder to get ahead.
Labor opens doors to opportunity, Malcolm Turnbull slams them shut.
MONDAY, 18 DECEMBER 2017