GIVING MORE FAMILIES ACCESS TO THE WONDERS OF QUESTACON

Under a Shorten Labor Government, admission fees for all visitors to Questacon will be lowered by $7.50.

For 30 years, Questacon has been exciting adults and children, and inspiring the scientists, researchers and engineers of tomorrow.

Questacon is Australia’s premier science museum, attracting 454,251 visitors and 136,155 school groups in 2015 alone. While Questacon is attracting more visitors than ever, families under pressure from tight budgets are missing out.

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TURNBULL CONFIRMS HIS COMMITMENT TO $100,000 DEGREES

Malcolm Turnbull last night confirmed that the Liberals will impose university deregulation and slug students with $100,000 degrees.

“What we will seek to do is to offer the universities the ability to deregulate fees, if you like, for a small number of flagship courses so that they can compete,”

Malcolm Turnbull, Facebook Debate, 17 June 2016

This just confirmed what has been the worst kept secret of this election campaign.

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LABOR’S PLAN TO EXPAND ACCESS TO QUALITY HIGHER EDUCATION AND SUPPORT LOCAL JOBS

On National TAFE Day, Labor is proud to announce that a Shorten Labor Government will establish Commonwealth Institutes of Higher Education to deliver new technical and education opportunities to areas where access remains difficult and participation is too low.   

A total of ten pilot sites will be established across Australia, in locations where need is demonstrated, and where institutions, industry and local communities are ready to implement locally tailored Institutes.

The Institutes will see universities working together with TAFE to trial approaches tailored to local conditions, giving students the skills they need to find local jobs.

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MINISTER FOR MISMANAGEMENT AND WASTE SHOULD HAVE ADDRESSED THE LIST OF RORTERS

To celebrate National TAFE day the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Senator Scott Ryan, will today release a list of the inflated course costs that have occurred during their term of office further demonstrates the Liberals’ refusal to address the rorting and waste of taxpayer money occurring in the vocational education sector.

Instead of writing his list, the policy-free Minister should have been looking at ways to address the price-gouging which has occurred under their watch.

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LABOR INVESTS IN FOOD, FIBRE AND ADVANCED MATERIALS

A Shorten Labor Government will provide $54.2 million for a Food, Fibre and Advanced Materials Modernisation Grants program to drive local jobs and attract investment in manufacturing, particularly in rural and regional areas.

Labor’s program will match investments by manufacturers in projects to improve the efficiency of their operations and increase investment in new technologies, including energy-efficient capital equipment and low emissions technologies.

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LABOR’S STRATEGY TO DRIVE RAIL MANUFACTURING JOBS AND INVESTMENT

A Shorten Labor Government will develop a National Passenger Rail Procurement Strategy within the first 12 months of forming Government, driving jobs and investment in high tech rail manufacturing throughout Australia.

Just as we need a continuous build and procurement strategy to maintain our strategically vital shipbuilding industry, we need a national plan for Australia’s strategically vital passenger rail industry.

Over the next decade there will be significant investment from State Governments in rail and rolling stock, with a pipeline of over $46 billion already committed or planned for rail-based public transport projects.

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RESTORING CSIRO FOR A SMARTER AUSTRALIA

A Shorten Labor Government will restore CSIRO’s capacity to drive the national science, research and innovation agenda that will grow new industries and build a smarter Australia. 

The Liberals ripped $115 million out of CSIRO in the horror 2014 Budget. One in five CSIRO scientists lost their jobs as a result.

 

Further job cuts are underway right now across the organisation. These will decimate our national research capacity in critical areas like climate science, manufacturing and food security.

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MORE LIBERAL NEGLIGENCE AND WASTE AS VET FEE-HELP MONEY FLIES OUT THE DOOR

Comments this morning by the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Senator Scott Ryan, once again show the Liberals are incapable of fixing the $3 billion VET FEE-HELP mess that they have allowed to occur.

Senator Ryan is doing exactly the same as his three predecessors have - absolutely nothing, even though the Minister has the means to act.

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LIBERALS’ UNI FEES PLAN STILL ON DESPITE DENIALS

Senator Birmingham is quoted in today's Geelong Advertiser denying the Liberals are continuing with their 20 per cent cuts to universities and $100,000 degrees.  Neither element of this statement is true.

The Turnbull Government will deregulate university fees - their policy paper clearly says so - $100,000 degrees became more of a certainty on budget night, not less.

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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.

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