LIBERALS FINALLY RELEASE HIGHER EDUCATION HOSTAGES

After 14 months of causing havoc in Australia’s universities, the Abbott-Turnbull Government has listened to Labor and introduced legislation to implement a number of non-controversial matters previously tied to its deregulation disaster.

The legislation introduced today will come as a relief to thousands of young people whose futures have been put on hold while the former Education Minister played political games in pursuit of his plan for $100,000 degrees.

It will also provide some certainty to researchers and scientists across the country. 

The Abbott-Turnbull Government’s legislation for $100,000 degrees included a number of non-controversial measures that enjoy bipartisan support. These were:

  • extending eligibility for HECS-HELP to New Zealand citizens who are long-term residents in Australia;

  • updating the funding caps for the Australian Research Council, providing certainty for the nation’s research sector; and

  • formalising the name change of Federation University from the University of Ballarat.

    Ever since the Liberals’ unfair and unnecessary plan for $100,000 was introduced Labor has called on the Government to remove those measures that have bipartisan support so that they can be passed separately.

Labor has pursued these issues with vigour, introducing a Private Senator’s Bill to advance the New Zealand HECS issue.

That bill is currently before the Senate and could have been passed by the Parliament last month if the Government had chosen to support it.

We call on the Turnbull Liberal Government to progress this legislation and end the political games – the hostage taking and uncertainty for the nation’s researchers, students, and universities.

A Shorten Labor Government will invest in every student to ensure they graduate with the skills and knowledge they need for the jobs of the future.   

A Shorten Labor Government will:

  1. Increase the number of students completing their study by 20,000 graduates a year from 2020.

  2. Deliver more information for parents and students so they can make good decisions about university.

  3. Introduce a new Student Funding Guarantee to remove the need for higher fees and a lifetime of debt.

  4. Invest $31 million to boost the quality of teaching and resources in our universities.

  5. Establish an independent Higher Education Productivity and Performance Commission to ensure graduates meet the needs of the future economy.

  6. Create a Startup Year at universities so students can develop their idea, get business knowhow and connect with finance.

    Only Labor is committed to investing in the skills, science, research and innovation that will create and sustain the jobs of the future.


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