The Liberals’ now friendless policy of $100,000 degrees is reportedly under review, not because Malcolm Turnbull stopped believing it, but because of Labor’s success in stopping it.
No amount of rewriting of history or reviews will hide the fact that the deregulation of universities remains a core vale of Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberal Government:
“I support unreservedly and wholeheartedly every element in the Budget. Every single one.”
“I support the reforms to higher education.”
Malcom Turnbull – 2GB – 5 June 2014
As Labor has said all along, the Liberals’ proposal to cut funding, slug students with a lifetime of debt and create a fiscally unsustainable system was wrong from the beginning.
Malcolm Turnbull must also reverse his short-sighted decision to rip more than $5.1 billion from Australian universities.
Malcolm Turnbull was a member of the Cabinet that chose to keep pushing the policy even after it was comprehensively rejected by the Australian people and knocked back twice by the Senate.
The reality is that the Liberals’ unfair and unnecessary plan for deregulation is part of their DNA – it's not the first time they've tried it, and it won't be the last.
Only Labor can stop the Turnbull higher education attack once and for all.
Labor has a positive plan for more graduates, not $100,000 degrees.
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, not a debt sentence.
We want Australian students that start university, to finish with a high quality degree, not a lifetime of debt.
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