LIBERALS’ LATEST UNIVERSITY CUTS TO HIT DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS

Not content with cutting $12 billion from Australian universities over the next decade, Malcolm Turnbull's Liberals are now planning more cuts - this time targeting disadvantaged students who need a bit of extra help to succeed at university.

 

Reports this morning have supported rumours that the Turnbull Liberals are planning to cut almost $200 million a year from university equity and quality programs as the solution to their panic-stricken budget woes.

 

Abolishing the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPP) would rip $180 million a year from a program specifically targeted to helping disadvantaged students succeed in higher education.

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LABOR'S POSITIVE PLAN TO SECURE AUSTRALIAN METALS MANUFACTURING AND JOBS

A Shorten Labor Government will deliver a six-point plan to secure the future of strategically significant metals manufacturing industries including steel-making in Australia.

 

Labor's Plan for Australian Metals Manufacturing and Jobs will ensure a strong future for Australia’s metal industries - one where we grow jobs instead of seeing them slip away as is happening on Malcolm Turnbull’s watch.

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VET MINISTER GETS A “FAIL” FOR ORIGINALITY

If the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills was still studying he would be in a whole heap of trouble after Fairfax media today revealed that Vocational Education and Skills Minister, Scott Ryan, had plagiarised someone else’s work.

 

According to the article, last week Senator Ryan made a speech to the Group Training Australia Conference in Adelaide in which he quotedalmost word for word and without attribution part of an article which appeared in the Group Training Publication Network from March 2014.

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HERE’S A THREE WORD SLOGAN MINISTER: FIX VET MESS

The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills again this morning continued the two years of ignorance, blame-shifting and blustering on the Abbott/Turnbull Liberals' VET FEE- HELP crisis.

 

This morning on Background Briefingon ABC Radio National the Minister claimed he should be absolved of any responsibility for this waste of taxpayers’ money because he is such a novice:

 

 

“I’ve only been the Minister for seven weeks”

Background Briefing - ABC Radio National 10 April 2016 

 

 

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MINISTER FOR TRADE IGNORANT OF PUBLIC SAFETY RISKS

Statements from the Minister for Trade and Investment Steven Ciobo on ABC radio this morning, dismissing concerns about the use of substandard steel in building and construction projects and describing them as a “scare campaign” by Labor, ignore the facts at the expense of public safety. 

At a public hearing yesterday in Canberra, as part of the Senate inquiry into Australia’s steel industry, technical experts and companies with direct experience of the risks associated with the use of substandard imported products provided compelling evidence to committee members. 

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LIBERALS $100,000 DEGREES SET TO BLOW THE BUDGET

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) today confirmed that the Abbott-Turnbull Government’s reckless plan to introduce $100,000 degrees will see the annual cost of HELP loans blow out to $11.1 billion by 2025–26.

The PBO’s report states that the budget blowout is as a consequence of:

“Announced [Government] policies to reduce government subsidies and to allow universities to set their own fees”

Higher Education Loan Programme - Impact on the Budget, 6 April 2016

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BIRMINGHAM CONFIRMS $100,000 DEGREES STILL GOVERNMENT POLICY

This afternoon the Minister for Education, Simon Birmingham confirmed once again that  massive cuts to university funding and $100,000 degrees are and have always been the policy of the Abbott/Turnbull Liberals.

Being interviewed on Sky News, the Minister made it clear that the Government intends to pursue $12 billion in cuts to universities over the next ten years:

“We still certainly want to find savings in higher education.”

SIMON BIRMINGHAM, SKY NEWS, 4 APRIL 2016

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CSIRO DOCUMENTS CONFIRM INTENTION TO ABOLISH PUBLIC GOOD SCIENCE – PYNE MUST ACT

CSIRO documents have revealed that decisions on the latest round of job cuts were driven by the view that public good research no longer belongs in CSIRO.

This is a highly contested view. The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne, must intervene to stop CSIRO slashing 350 jobs before it is too late.

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LATEST STUDENT VISA FRAUD ALLEGATIONS MUST BE FULLY INVESTIGATED

Labor calls on the Turnbull Liberal Government to ensure that the latest allegations of visa fraud in the student visa market are fully investigated.

Australians must be assured that authorities are doing everything they can to effectively regulate the behaviour of rogue immigration agents.

A new report that suggests Australia’s international student visa system has been compromised is deeply disturbing.

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SENATE STEEL INQUIRY ARRIVES AT THE ILLAWARRA

The Senate Economics Committee’s wide-ranging inquiry into the future of Australia’s steel industry will be in Wollongong today for its first public hearing. 

The Committee will hear evidence from Bluescope Steel, Bisalloy Steel, the Australian Workers Union & South Coast Labour Council, the University of Wollongong, Wollongong City Council and the Illawarra Business Chamber.

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