PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA
THURSDAY, 26 NOVEMBER 2015
SUBJECT/S: Shonks and sharks in vocational education.
SENATOR KIM CARR, SHADOW MINISTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND INDUSTRY: I’m very, very concerned about the blowout in the cost of our vocational education program and the failure of the government to deal with the widespread rorting of the loan program. This has seen the costs of the program increase by 100 percent in one year; where we have seen the number of students being enrolled in these programs increase by 100 percent; where we are seeing the rates of loans increase by 100 per cent in one year. Now, these are all things that are happening under this government.Read more
THE WORLD TODAY
TUESDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 2015
SUBJECT/S: $100,000 degrees, Liberal leadership.
ELEANOR HALL: The Labor leadership is already trying to counteract Malcolm Turnbull's public appeal by painting him as a "sell-out" on policy.
They concede a Turnbull Prime Ministership will give the Coalition a bounce in the opinion polls but point to his refusal to shift on key policies.
Labor's higher education spokesman, Kim Carr, told Louise Yaxley that Mr Turnbull's gloss won't last when voters look more closely.
FRIDAY, 10 JULY 2015
SUBJECT/S: Australian furniture manufacturing; Tony Abbott’s Royal Commission
SENATOR KIM CARR, SHADOW MINISTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND INDUSTRY: Thank you very much for coming. Today I am here to address the furnishing trade fair, which is an extremely important source of employment for over 200,000 Australians, who are deeply concerned about the decline in the level of investment in Australian Manufacturing; and if we are concerned about the future of this country we have got to be concerned of jobs in manufacturing.
FRIDAY, 15 MAY 2015
SUBJECT/S: Budget Reply 2015; Labor’s plan for jobs in the news economy: Investing in STEM; Small Business.
BILL SHORTEN, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: Good afternoon everyone. Last night I addressed the nation about Labor’s plans for the future in contrast to the Abbott Government’s Budget on Tuesday night. At the centre of my vision for the future of this nation is that Labor's committed to building the jobs of the future. Parents today want to make sure that their children will have jobs in the future and they want to know where they're coming from. Last night, I announced that Labor is committed to training literally hundreds of thousands of students and tens of thousands of teachers to make sure that we catch the jobs of the future in science and engineering, that we make sure that in the future, we have enough clever researchers, enough clever innovators, creators, designers, electricians, plumbers and mechanics. But today what we see here at this marvellous research facility, collaboration of some of the world's best researchers and scientists, some of the world's best universities and private sector know how, is the jobs of future I was talking about last night. We see the prototypes right here. We see technology here which is beating the world, which is best in the world, right up there at the very top of the tree.Read more
FRIDAY, 1 MAY 2014
SUBJECT/S: INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION.
MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: The Productivity Commission has found the use of agents to attract international students to Australian universities is a threat to the system in the long term.
International education is one of the nation's biggest export industries - last year it contributed around $17 billion to the national economy.
But the Productivity Commission warns of unscrupulous behaviour by agents, including enrolling students for courses that require more advanced English skills
Political correspondent Louise Yaxley reports.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
THURSDAY, 30 APRIL 2015
SUBJECT/S: Abbott Governments cuts to science and research; Justice Minister’s Ministerial Directive; AAA credit rating at risk from the Abbott Government’s unfair budget; Marriage equality.
BILL SHORTEN, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: It's truly uplifting to be here at the Vision Centre, seeing the great work that this organisation's done over many years to help people, both in Australia and throughout the world. In 50 countries, millions of people being helped, tens of thousands of people being trained to make sure that people have better sight and that we apply science and technology to delivering great outcomes for people. I'm here today visiting the centre with local member Matt Thistlethwaite, my Parliamentary Secretary and also senior Shadow Spokesperson on Higher Education and Research, Senator Kim Carr.
THE WORLD TODAY
FRIDAY, 24 APRIL 2015
SUBJECT/S: BJORN LOMBORG CENTRE
KIM LANDERS: The Federal Opposition has questioned the political motivation of a $4 million government grant given to a controversial think-tank hosted by the University of Western Australia.
The Australian Consensus Centre will be headed by self described sceptical environmentalist Dr Bjorn Lomborg.
The centre itself will evaluate government policies and proposals.
The Federal Government has defended the multimillion dollar grant, but Labor insists it raises serious questions about the integrity of education and research funding.
Jessica Kidd reports.
ABC RADIO NATIONAL BREAKFAST
MONDAY, 18 MARCH 2014
SUBJECT/S: $100,000 DEGREES.Read more
Senator KIM CARR(Victoria) (16:02): The Minister for Education, Minister Pyne, apparently will do anything to try to persuade crossbenchers to support his unfair and unnecessary university package. He appears to be so desperate that he is now apparently abandoning a pledge repeated many times since these so-called reforms were announced in the budget. Hitherto, the minister has insisted that there would be no risk of price gouging if universities were allowed to set student fees at any level they want. But now Minister Pyne has belatedly realised that overcharging is a real prospect, and he is considering including a backdoor student tax in his package, a tax that will be imposed on universities if they raise fees over a set amount, a tax that will effectively force the fees that the students have to pay to actually go even higher. There could be no clearer admission—none whatsoever—that the government now acknowledges that the minister's fee package will lead to the $100,000 degree.
The minister does not like calling his new measure a tax. He prefers euphemisms like 'levy' or 'fine'. But let's speak plain English. This extra charge would be paid into consolidated revenue. It is a tax. This is a tax that will be imposed on students' fees even before they start repaying their HECS debts. The minister has no excuse for pretending that this will not further increase the cost of degrees. He does not have to do the maths to check this out. It has already been done for him. The backdoor student tax is a suggestion that has been made by Professor Bruce Chapman, and it is described in his submission to the current Senate inquiry. The Grattan Institute's Higher Education Program Director, Mr Andrew Norton, has modelled its effects, and he says:Read more
THE WORLD TODAY
WEDNESDAY, 4 MARCH 2014
SUBJECT/S: GREAT BIG NEW STUDENT TAX.
ELEANOR HALL: The Federal Government is intensifying its efforts to convince the Senate to pass its higher education changes.
Labor and the Greens remain opposed to the plan that the Education Minister has been arguing for since last year's budget.
That leaves the remaining crossbench senators with the key votes and they're waiting for the Government to spell out its latest position.
One element of that is a proposal from the architect of the HECS system, Bruce Chapman, which could see fee increases contained.
Political correspondent Louise Yaxley reports.