Abbott Government to break promise on university fees

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

[CHRISTOPHER PYNE - MEDIA RELEASE - 26 AUGUST 2012]

The Abbott Government will go back on its word not to slug students with higher university costs as Education Minister Christopher Pyne prepares the ground for fee deregulation.

Despite earlier promises not to raise fees, it is now clear that the Abbott Government plans to shift a larger burden of university costs on to students and their families.

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Innovation in jeopardy if cuts go ahead

Budget cuts to long-term innovation and industry assistance programs will come at a cost to the nation’s economy, Shadow Research, Innovation and Industry Minister Senator Kim Carr warned today.

“There is widespread anxiety in the business community and start-up sector that the Abbott Government will slash programs which support innovation and business growth in the Australian economy,” Senator Carr said. 

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Death knell for Australian manufacturing

The Abbott Government’s Commission of Audit recommendations would sound the death toll for Australian manufacturing, sending thousands of Australian jobs offshore, Shadow Industry Minister Senator Kim Carr warned today.

“These proposals would undermine our capacity to export goods and services, and replace it with a blueprint to export jobs,” Senator Carr said. 

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Average young Aussies will suffer if Abbott remains on reckless trajectory towards privatisation

The Abbott Government is set to shift a larger burden of the cost of higher education on to the shoulders of students and their families.

If, as seems likely, the Government accepts the recommendations of the Kemp-Norton review, the inevitable outcome is clear privatisation of higher education by stealth.

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