Abbott gaffe reveals higher education shambles

The Abbott Government’s muddled response to the call by universities to delay the introduction of deregulation reveals its higher education plans are in disarray, Shadow Minister for Higher Education Senator Kim Carr said today.

“The Government has clearly failed to appreciate the complexities and repercussions of its radical and retrograde changes to the higher education sector,” Senator Carr said.

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Millions of young Australians to face crippling HECS debts

Not only will future generations of Australians face higher debts thanks to the Abbott Government’s Budget of broken promises but existing students and graduates will be hit as well.

University students and graduates with existing HECS/HELP debts – currently about 1.2 million people – will be hit with thousands of dollars extra in interest on their loans after 2016.

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Abbott austerity signals start-up shutdown

Australia's capacity to nurture hi-tech start-ups has suffered a massive blow. 

The Abbott Government’s abandonment of Australia's advanced technology companies and emerging industries puts thousands of jobs in the sector at risk. 

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Another black day for auto workers

This budget spells devastation for the 150 firms in the automotive components sector and for 200,000 automotive workers and their families. 

Proposed cuts to the Automotive Transformation Scheme in last night’s budget, in addition to the $500 million cuts announced as part of MYEFO, will relegate nearly a quarter of a million Australians, and their families, to the unemployment scrapheap.

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Abbott government betrays students

“The Coalition has no plans to increase university fees.”

CHRISTOPHER PYNE - MEDIA RELEASE – 26 AUGUST 2012 

“I want to give people this absolute assurance, no cuts to education …”

TONY ABBOTT - INSIDERS – 1 SEPTEMBER 2013

 The Abbott Government’s first Budget marks the end of fair and affordable higher education, and a betrayal of Australian students and their families.

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Australia’s science and research future gutted

“I’m pleased to pledge the incoming Government to continue to support science to the fullest extent possible.”

TONY ABBOTT - PM’S PRIZES FOR SCIENCE DINNER - 31 OCTOBER 2013

Australia’s Science and research future has been gutted by crippling cuts to the science and research sector, including to the nation’s premier science agency, CSIRO.

The massive cuts to the major science and research agencies – at least $878 million – come on top of more than $5 billion slashed from higher education.

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Labor co-investment reaps rewards in Broadmeadows

The results of Labor’s support for strategic co-investment were on display today at the official opening of CSL’s $257 million Biotechnology Manufacturing Facility in Broadmeadows, Victoria.

Federal Labor and Labor State Government co-investment was instrumental in realising the project. In 2010, the Federal Labor Government committed $30 million to the project, and the Victorian State Labor Government almost $20 million.

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Abbott Government to break promise on university fees

“The Coalition has no plans to increase university fees.”

[CHRISTOPHER PYNE - MEDIA RELEASE - 26 AUGUST 2012]

The Abbott Government will go back on its word not to slug students with higher university costs as Education Minister Christopher Pyne prepares the ground for fee deregulation.

Despite earlier promises not to raise fees, it is now clear that the Abbott Government plans to shift a larger burden of university costs on to students and their families.

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Innovation in jeopardy if cuts go ahead

Budget cuts to long-term innovation and industry assistance programs will come at a cost to the nation’s economy, Shadow Research, Innovation and Industry Minister Senator Kim Carr warned today.

“There is widespread anxiety in the business community and start-up sector that the Abbott Government will slash programs which support innovation and business growth in the Australian economy,” Senator Carr said. 

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Death knell for Australian manufacturing

The Abbott Government’s Commission of Audit recommendations would sound the death toll for Australian manufacturing, sending thousands of Australian jobs offshore, Shadow Industry Minister Senator Kim Carr warned today.

“These proposals would undermine our capacity to export goods and services, and replace it with a blueprint to export jobs,” Senator Carr said. 

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