TANYA PLIBERSEK - MEDIA RELEASE - WARM WELCOME FOR LABOR’S PLAN TO UNCAP UNI PLACES - FRIDAY, 11 MAY 2018

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

 

WARM WELCOME FOR LABOR’S PLAN TO UNCAP UNI PLACES

The number of Australians getting a uni education will soar by around 200,000 thanks to Labor’s plan to abolish Malcolm Turnbull’s unfair cap on student places. 

Labor’s plan has been warmly welcomed by unis and students.

“The university funding freeze announced just before Christmas not only shut the doors of opportunity on thousands of prospective students — it will also cost our economy up to $12 billion as fewer graduates join the workforce. Cadence Economics modelling found the fewer skilled graduates resulting from the freeze would mean up to $4 billion lost in tax revenue over the next 20 years. We applaud the clear recommitment by Labor to the demand-driven system – which is strongly supported by Australian universities as a key to opportunity and national prosperity. Restoring funding will also help to bridge the gap for regional Australians who are half as likely to have a university degree as people who live in capital cities.”

Universities Australia, 10 May 2018

 

 “The National Union of Students welcomes the Labor Party’s announcement at the Federal Budget Reply that a Shorten-Labor Government would unfreeze the demand driven system, and provide 100,000 tuition free TAFE places for Australians… We know the best way to alleviate Australians from poverty is increasing access to higher education, and restoring the demand driven system will ensure higher education is an opportunity for all Australians

National Union of Students, 10 May 2018

 

“Australia’s leading research-intensive universities have welcomed the Federal Opposition’s commitment to put post-secondary education front and centre of our nation’s future with a commitment to ensuring our universities remain accessible to all who have the ‘ability and dedication’.  Group of Eight (Go8) Chief Executive, Vicki Thomson, says the Demand Driven System (DDS) has to date been a success for Australia in opening up a university education to a large proportion of school leavers.  It is vital that any post-secondary policy framework for the 21 Century is sustainable and ‘fit for purpose’ and importantly provides capacity to ensure that outer metropolitan and regional students have access to a quality education,” she said. “This is critical as there are too many forgotten potential students we must assist. Ms Thomson said that the Opposition Leader’s commitments in his speech introduced a positive shift in the national conversation on post–secondary education and, importantly, recognised our universities as a national investment rather than a source of funding cuts.”

Group of Eight Australia, 11 May 2018

 

“The ATN welcomed the commitment to post-secondary education by the Leader of the Opposition in tonight’s Address in Reply. It was heartening to see education feature prominently in the Opposition’s Budget response.”

Australian Technology Network of Universities, 11 May 2018

 

 “Australian Catholic University (ACU) commends the Federal Opposition for its strong commitment in tonight’s Budget reply speech to restoring the demand-driven system of university funding. ACU Vice-Chancellor & President Greg Craven said thousands of ACU students, many of whom were the first in their families to go to university, had benefited greatly from the opportunities created by the demand-driven system. We have had the privilege of educating thousands of nurses, teachers and social workers who, prior to the demand-driven system, would not have had the chance to go to university. The demand-driven system created a generation of students who have suddenly seen university as something that is available to them, regardless of who their parents were or where they grew up. The current funding freeze imposed on universities disproportionately hurts universities, such as ACU, that admit a higher proportion of equity students.”

Australian Catholic University, 10 May 2018

 

All Australians entering the workforce of the 2020s will need a post school qualification and ongoing access to further education and training. The commitment from the Australian Labor Party to fund all Australians seeking undergraduate university education, with similar commitments to ensure access to vocational education, provides a clear basis for Australians to achieve this. It marks a clear contrast with the Government’s position, driven by its previous fiscal challenge, that funding for higher education be constrained to 2017 levels. With the number of school leavers set to grow for the next decade that simply means more eligible Australians will miss out on the education they need.”

Innovative Research Universities, 11 May 2018

 

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