Dodgy modelling cannot hide higher education shambles

Education Minister Christopher Pyne cannot disguise the disintegration of his higher education package with dodgy modelling or desperate spin, Shadow Minister for Higher Education Senator Kim Carr said today.

According to Mr Pyne, “typical” university graduates will pay only $3 to $5 a week extra in loan repayments over one to two years based on debts of $30,000 and $40,000 respectively.

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Further alarm over uni policy disarray

University vice-chancellors continue to express alarm at the Abbott Government’s higher education shambles, with one describing it as “the worst piece of policy” he has seen in Australia in 26 years.

 University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker has slammed the changes as:

“ … unfair, unethical, reckless, poor economic policy, contrary to the international evidence and being woefully explained, raising suspicions about how much thought has actually gone into them”.

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Andrew Nikolic must act to save higher education in Bass

Shadow Minister for Higher Education Kim Carr and Labor Senator Helen Polley have today called on Bass Liberal MP Andrew Nikolic to stand up and defend the University of Tasmania.

UTAS Vice-Chancellor Peter Rathjen has warned that the Abbott Government’s $30 million cut to its funding may force the university to raise student fees, slash courses and abandon research.

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Pyne contradicts his own shambolic university policy again

Australians are right to feel confused, fearful and betrayed after Education Minister Christopher Pyne has again misled the public by contradicting his department’s website during a television interview this morning.

“Today, as on previous occasions, Minister Pyne said university students enrolled before the Budget on 13 May 2014 would not be hit by higher interest rates on their student debts – this is wrong,"  Shadow Higher Education Minister Kim Carr said today

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Student debt death tax on again, off again

The Abbott Government’s higher education shambles has plunged to new depths of confusion and dysfunction with the Treasurer and Education Minister lining up to contradict the Prime Minister on proposals to collect death taxes on HECS debts.   

“This is a fiasco,” Senator Carr said. “This is a Government that is making it up as it is going along, and clearly has no idea of the implications of what they’re advocating.

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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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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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