International scholars could be barred from Future Fellowships

World-class international scholars could be excluded from Future Fellowships under possible rule changes for the prestigious mid-career research awards, Senate Estimates heard today.

The head of the Australian Research Council confirmed that a move to give Australian researchers priority could mean international researchers – who currently make up about 10 per cent of successful applicants, or 20 researchers a year – would be excluded.

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Budget cut puts textile jobs, skills at risk

The Abbott Government’s budget cuts are threatening the survival of innovative Australian firms and the livelihoods of their workers.

A bill introduced into Parliament last week closes the Clothing and Household Textile Building Innovative Capability Scheme (BIC) Scheme and the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Small Business program on 30 June – a year early.

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Dodgy modelling cannot hide higher education shambles

Education Minister Christopher Pyne cannot disguise the disintegration of his higher education package with dodgy modelling or desperate spin, Shadow Minister for Higher Education Senator Kim Carr said today.

According to Mr Pyne, “typical” university graduates will pay only $3 to $5 a week extra in loan repayments over one to two years based on debts of $30,000 and $40,000 respectively.

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Further alarm over uni policy disarray

University vice-chancellors continue to express alarm at the Abbott Government’s higher education shambles, with one describing it as “the worst piece of policy” he has seen in Australia in 26 years.

 University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker has slammed the changes as:

“ … unfair, unethical, reckless, poor economic policy, contrary to the international evidence and being woefully explained, raising suspicions about how much thought has actually gone into them”.

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Andrew Nikolic must act to save higher education in Bass

Shadow Minister for Higher Education Kim Carr and Labor Senator Helen Polley have today called on Bass Liberal MP Andrew Nikolic to stand up and defend the University of Tasmania.

UTAS Vice-Chancellor Peter Rathjen has warned that the Abbott Government’s $30 million cut to its funding may force the university to raise student fees, slash courses and abandon research.

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ABC News 24, Breakfast

E&OE TRANSCRIPT
TV INTERVIEW
ABC NEWS 24, BREAKFAST
MONDAY, 2 JUNE 2014

MICHAEL ROWLAND: Kim Carr is Labor’s higher education spokesman and joins us from Parliament House. Kim Carr, good morning to you.

KIM CARR, SHADOW MINISTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND INDUSTRY: Good morning.

ROWLAND: Firstly, I just want to get your reaction to the revelation we just heard from Kevin Andrews on “AM” that the Government has now formally ruled out drug testing welfare recipients. Was it a good idea in the first place?

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Doorstop interview, Parliament House

E&OE TRANSCRIPT
DOORSTOP INTERVIEW
PARLIAMENT HOUSE
MONDAY, 2 JUNE 2014

SUBJECT/S: Higher education confusion; Cuts to funding; Crippling fees and debts.

KIM CARR, SHADOW MINISTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND INDUSTRY: The Australian people have got a right to feel very confused about what the Government’s higher education policies are all about and students have got a right to feel very angry and a right to feel betrayed.

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Pyne contradicts his own shambolic university policy again

Australians are right to feel confused, fearful and betrayed after Education Minister Christopher Pyne has again misled the public by contradicting his department’s website during a television interview this morning.

“Today, as on previous occasions, Minister Pyne said university students enrolled before the Budget on 13 May 2014 would not be hit by higher interest rates on their student debts – this is wrong,"  Shadow Higher Education Minister Kim Carr said today

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Student debt death tax on again, off again

The Abbott Government’s higher education shambles has plunged to new depths of confusion and dysfunction with the Treasurer and Education Minister lining up to contradict the Prime Minister on proposals to collect death taxes on HECS debts.   

“This is a fiasco,” Senator Carr said. “This is a Government that is making it up as it is going along, and clearly has no idea of the implications of what they’re advocating.

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Interview, ABC News 24

E&OE TRANSCRIPT
INTERVIEW
ABC NEWS 24
THURSDAY, 29 MAY 2014

SUBJECT/S: Student debt death tax, University funding, equity, Research only universities

LYNDAL CURTIS: Kim Carr, welcome to ABC News 24. The PM has ruled out collecting HECS debts from a deceased estate. Is that the end of the matter?

KIM CARR, SHADOW MINISTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION: Another day, another fiasco in education in Australia. This is what’s happening isn’t it? One day after the other, one Minister contradicts another Minister. They don't seem to understand the implications of the policy positions they have been articulating.

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