LAUNCESTON HIT HARD BY LIBERALS’ $168 MILLION UNI CUTS – ONLY LABOR WILL MAKE THE EDUCATION INVESTMENT TASMANIA NEEDS.

While Labor will invest over $150 million extra in universities in northern Tasmania, local students which will only see $100,000 degrees become a reality if the Turnbull Liberals are re-elected on July 2.  

Australians will not be fooled by the sneaky and slippery politics being played by the Liberals as they try to hide their unfair and unnecessary policy of $100,000 university degrees.

The Liberals also plan to inflict a cut of over $168 million on the University of Tasmania’s funding, which will only see Launceston students and academics lose out even further.

it plans to cut $2.5 billion out of Australian universities, but sector experts suggest figures could be higher.    

The Liberals’ sham of a discussion paper is an attempt to distract Australians from their real 2016 election policy, which will lead to $100,000 degrees and lock more Australians out of a university education.

When it comes to universities we know what they really want to do:

 “I think it is fair for students to make a greater contribution.”

Malcolm Turnbull, Sunrise, Channel Seven, 4 May 2016

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The difference between Labor and Liberal could not be starker.

Labor has committed $150 million to higher education in Northern and North-Western Tasmania while the Liberals remain out of step with their plan to slug students with a lifetime of debt.

Labor’s commitment to the UTAS northern campuses will see 3,110 jobs created, including 265 additional academic and professional staff jobs and support 12,000 new students into higher education in North and North-West Tasmania.

Our plan is estimated to deliver $1.1 billion economic output during the construction phase alone and an additional $428 million a year in economic activity

This commitment to education in Tasmania comes on top of Labor's positive plan for Australian Universities which will:

  1. Introduce a new Student Funding Guarantee, which will deliver $2,500 more per student than the Liberals, and remove the need for higher fees and a lifetime of debt.
  2. Increase the number of students completing their study by 20,000 graduates a year from 2020.
  3. Invest $31 million in Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency to boost the quality of teaching and resources in our universities.
  4. Establish an independent Higher Education Productivity and Performance Commission to ensure graduates meet the needs of the future economy.
  5. Offer a Startup Year at university to young Australians looking to start their own enterprise.
  6. Boost the number of young Australians taking up STEM courses at university as well as offering 25,000 Teach STEM Scholarships and upskilling 25,000 teachers.
  7. Introduce a Higher Education Access and Growth Strategy to improve outcomes for low income students, students from rural and regional areas, Indigenous students and first generation migrants, students with disabilities and other disadvantage students.
  8. Deliver more information for parents and students so they can make good decisions about university.

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