Former Education Minister Christopher Pyne is in damage control this morning after shamelessly blaming the public service for implementing the Liberals’ election promise of expanding the streamlined visa processing (SPV) program.
Reports today show the Government opened up the streamlined visa processing (SPV) after receiving donations from the Top Education Institute.
Mr Pyne told the Today Show this morning it was the public service’s decision:
PYNE: The only reason they would have been given streamlined visa processing is they, along with 20 or so other education businesses in Australia met the requirements that the Public Service decided were required to allow them to have streamlined visa processing.
TODAY SHOW - 9 SEPTEMBER 2016]
This is despite the fact that Christopher Pyne himself promised before the 2013 election to expand the Streamlined Visa Processing scheme.
The Liberals have serious questions to answer about their radical policy change in the context of significant political donations from beneficiaries of that change.
Since 2012, while COAG was considering changes to visa streamlining, the Labor Government was not satisfied that sufficient safeguards had been devised that would protect Australia’s precious reputation as a quality international education provider.
Then, almost overnight, the Liberals behaved as though they had found a system that ticked all the boxes. It defies credibility.
As with their VET-FEE HELP disaster, the Liberals opened up the flood gates to all the shonks and sharks in the education sector.
Even the Productivity Commission described the Liberals changes to the SVP system as “perverse incentives”.