A step into the unknown

ACPET HIGHER EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM

MARRIOTT HOTEL, SYDNEY

22 May 2014

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Thank you for the invitation to speak to you once again, at a pivotal moment for the future of higher education in Australia.

I am grateful to ACPET’s national chair, Martin Cass, and the council’s board of directors for giving me this opportunity.

This is not the era of benign neglect that the Prime Minister foreshadowed last year.

This Government's plans, if realised, would represent a seismic shift in the way this country functions.

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Australian Council for Private Education and Training

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PRESS CONFERENCE
AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR PRIVATE EDUCATION AND TRAINING, SYDNEY
THURSDAY, 22 MAY 2014

SUBJECT/S: Abbott Government higher education shambles; concern from vice-chancellors; deregulation; cuts to higher education and to tertiary sector regulator.

JOURNALIST:  Kim Carr, there seems to be a growing division and uncertainty around when the [inaudible] changes will actually kick in; we seem to have Christopher Pyne and Tony Abbott saying one thing, the Budget Papers something else; HECS debt changes seem to apply from now, so do fees for enrolling students now. Is this a shambles as you’ve suggested?

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Abbott gaffe reveals higher education shambles

The Abbott Government’s muddled response to the call by universities to delay the introduction of deregulation reveals its higher education plans are in disarray, Shadow Minister for Higher Education Senator Kim Carr said today.

“The Government has clearly failed to appreciate the complexities and repercussions of its radical and retrograde changes to the higher education sector,” Senator Carr said.

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Millions of young Australians to face crippling HECS debts

Not only will future generations of Australians face higher debts thanks to the Abbott Government’s Budget of broken promises but existing students and graduates will be hit as well.

University students and graduates with existing HECS/HELP debts – currently about 1.2 million people – will be hit with thousands of dollars extra in interest on their loans after 2016.

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Abbott austerity signals start-up shutdown

Australia's capacity to nurture hi-tech start-ups has suffered a massive blow. 

The Abbott Government’s abandonment of Australia's advanced technology companies and emerging industries puts thousands of jobs in the sector at risk. 

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Another black day for auto workers

This budget spells devastation for the 150 firms in the automotive components sector and for 200,000 automotive workers and their families. 

Proposed cuts to the Automotive Transformation Scheme in last night’s budget, in addition to the $500 million cuts announced as part of MYEFO, will relegate nearly a quarter of a million Australians, and their families, to the unemployment scrapheap.

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ABC World Today with Alexandra Kirk

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RADIO INTERVIEW
ABC WORLD TODAY WITH ALEXANDRA KIRK
WEDNESDAY, 14 MAY 2014

SUBJECT/S: Tony Abbott’s Budget of Broken Promises and Twisted Priorities; Higher education fees.

ELEANOR HALL: Higher education is also in for a big change. From 2016 universities will have complete freedom to set fees, while the Commonwealth will cut its contribution to the cost of a degree by around 20 per cent. Labor's education spokesman, Senator Kim Carr, told Alexandra Kirk the change would mark the end of fair and affordable higher education.

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Abbott government betrays students

“The Coalition has no plans to increase university fees.”

CHRISTOPHER PYNE - MEDIA RELEASE – 26 AUGUST 2012 

“I want to give people this absolute assurance, no cuts to education …”

TONY ABBOTT - INSIDERS – 1 SEPTEMBER 2013

 The Abbott Government’s first Budget marks the end of fair and affordable higher education, and a betrayal of Australian students and their families.

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Australia’s science and research future gutted

“I’m pleased to pledge the incoming Government to continue to support science to the fullest extent possible.”

TONY ABBOTT - PM’S PRIZES FOR SCIENCE DINNER - 31 OCTOBER 2013

Australia’s Science and research future has been gutted by crippling cuts to the science and research sector, including to the nation’s premier science agency, CSIRO.

The massive cuts to the major science and research agencies – at least $878 million – come on top of more than $5 billion slashed from higher education.

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Abbott's ideology out in the open as Budget day looms

In Broadmeadows, on Melbourne’s outer industrial edge, last Friday a new $257 million biotech research and development facility specialising in a range of life-saving drug therapies for rare and serious diseases, including cancer, was unveiled. 

As the former Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, and a backer of the project when it was first announced in 2010, I was delighted to be there and to see the results of Labor’s $50 million co-investment in CSL Behring’s new, world-class facility.

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