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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Cuts devastating to CSIRO

The Abbott Government’s savage funding cuts to CSIRO – forcing the organisation to shed one in 10 of its staff  – will  have a devastating effect on Australia’s science and research sector, Shadow Minister for Research Senator Kim Carr warned today.

“CSIRO is our premier scientific research organisation, with an international standing, and is the brains behind a number of cutting-edge discoveries, including Wi-Fi, the first effective influenza treatment, Relenza, and the Hendra virus vaccine, among many others.

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Higher education shambles continues

More universities are abandoning the Abbott Government’s higher education policies as its implications and unpopularity become clear, Shadow Minister for Higher Education Senator Kim Carr said today.

“It’s clear the wheels are falling off this ill-considered and retrograde policy – students and their families are concerned and angry, universities are increasingly alarmed and some on the Government’s own backbench are on the verge of rebellion,” Senator Carr said.

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PM doesn’t get his own higher education policy ... again

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has yet again demonstrated his failure to understand the implications of his own higher education policy, Shadow Higher Education Minister Senator Kim Carr today.

In the Parliament today, referring to Labor’s concerns about student debt,  Mr Abbott said:

“… at least those students would be coming into it with their eyes open." 

TONY ABBOTT – QUESTION TIME – 28 MAY 2014

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Sky News, PM Agenda with David Speers

E&OE TRANSCRIPT
TV INTERVIEW
SKY NEWS, PM AGENDA WITH DAVID SPEERS
MONDAY, 26 MAY 2014

SUBJECT/S: Higher education package; Labor’s response; Increased fees and competition.

DAVID SPEERS:  Kim Carr, thank you for your time. The Minister Christopher Pyne has signalled a willingness to negotiate on some aspects of these higher education reforms. Are you willing to negotiate on any?

KIM CARR, SHADOW MINISTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND INDUSTRY:  The Minister’s not serious. The Minister said last week that he could see that the numbers were there for most of what he wanted to achieve. He's now signalled to some people that he’s prepared to tinker at the edges of this appalling scheme that he’s come up with. Now this is a Government that went to the last election saying that there would be no change to university funding arrangements – what they’ve said in their seminal policy documents. They also said on repeated occasions there’d be no cuts to education, yet there are $5 billion worth of cuts to higher education.

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Abbott Government’s higher education policy in disarray

It’s only a matter of time before widespread anger and concern over the Abbott Government’s shambolic higher education policy forces the Government to abandon its unpopular changes, Shadow Minister for Higher Education Senator Kim Carr said today.

“It’s clear the wheels are falling off this ill-considered and retrograde policy – students and their families are concerned and angry, the university sector is deeply concerned and some on the Government’s own backbench are also concerned and angry,” Senator Carr said.

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Pyne gets his own policy wrong

The Abbott Government’s higher education shambles continue to grow with Education Minister Christopher Pyne now becoming confused about his own policy, Shadow Higher Education Minister Senator Kim Carr said today.

“Mr Pyne, like Tony Abbott, has shown that he has absolutely no idea what he's done to university fees and to HECS-HELP," Senator Carr said.

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Higher education cuts risk return of fly-by-night operators

Domestic students in a deregulated higher education market should have the same protection from fly-by-night operators as international students, Shadow Higher Education Minister Senator Kim Carr has warned.

“The Government will court disaster if it fails to ensure that a proper regulatory framework is in place before scores of new entrants rush to claim government funds,” Senator Carr said in an address today to the Australian Council for Private Education and Training in Sydney.

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