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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A step into the unknown

ACPET HIGHER EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM

MARRIOTT HOTEL, SYDNEY

22 May 2014

***CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY***

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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