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

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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

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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

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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

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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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