Pyne happy to leave unis and students in limbo

The Abbott Government’s switch from “budget emergency” to “she’ll be right, we’ll take our time” shows just how incompetent and out of touch it is.

Today marks 100 days since Tony Abbott and the Coalition shocked Australians by announcing their radical and unfair agenda for $100,000 degrees and the Americanisation of our universities.

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A year on: Tony Abbott’s auto industry promise in tatters

One year ago today Tony Abbott made a solemn promise to Australia’s automotive manufacturers. 

I want to see car-making survive in this country, not just survive but flourish.

TONY ABBOTT - PRESS CONFERENCE, BRISBANE - 21 AUGUST 2013

 What a difference a year makes.

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A degree shouldn’t be a debt sentence for regional students

Opposition leader Bill Shorten, Shadow Higher Education Minister Senator Kim Carr and Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters MP will today join students at La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus as part of Labor’s ‘A Degree Shouldn’t Be a Debt Sentence’ campaign.

Mr Shorten said regional universities, such as the Bendigo campus, would be particularly hard hit by the Abbott Government’s budget cuts to universities and radical plans for fee deregulation.

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Doorstop interview, La Trobe University, Bendigo

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DOORSTOP INTERVIEW
LA TROBE UNIVERSITY, BENDIGO
WEDNESDAY, 20 AUGUST 2014

SUBJECT/S: Tony Abbott’s debt sentence for university students; Tony Abbott’s unfair Budget; Clive Palmer.

BILL SHORTEN, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION:  La Trobe University, who is educating tens of thousands of students, stands to lose $141 million at least because of this governments anti-higher education, unfair Budget. But even more than that, La Trobe University at Bendigo is one of many regional campuses of many universities of Australia.

Access to universities should not just be the preserve of people who live in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and the big cities. It’s really important in this country that your postcode does not determine your access to higher education. It’s a well-known fact that universities in the bush, universities in regional Australia, have a higher proportion of students from poorer backgrounds going to university and also very importantly, in an aging Australia, they have a higher proportion of students who are mature aged.

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Abbott Government fails blue collar workers – again

The Abbott Government’s disconnect from blue collar workers is again evident amid fears Holden could close early because of funding cuts.

In response to comments this week from Holden’s Managing Director, Gerry Dorizas, that component suppliers were in “dire straits”, Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane said these firms could apply for a slice of the $20 million Automotive Diversification Programme.

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Abbott Government fails the nation on science

The Abbott Government’s complete lack of understanding of science and its disregard for science policy has again been on display this week.

This week we have seen further egregious examples of how the Abbott Government is failing Australia in terms of science:

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Manufacturing Future Forum, Adelaide

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DOORSTOP INTERVIEW
MANUFACTURING FUTURE FORUM, ADELAIDE
FRIDAY, 15 AUGUST 2014

SUBJECT/S: Saving Australian manufacturing jobs; Abbott Government’s cuts to industry assistance and the automotive industry; AWD project. 

KIM CARR: The battle to save Australian manufacturing jobs will rest with the Australian Senate. This is a government that has cut $2.5 billion from industry assistance programs, having said, of course, before the election that they would do nothing of the sort. And it follows their lies and misrepresentation on no cuts to education, no cuts to health, no cuts to pensions. For blue collar workers, this is a government that has turned its back on their welfare, their families’ welfare, on the people of South Australia.

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A degree shouldn’t be a debt sentence for Canberra students

Shadow Higher Education Minister Senator Kim Carr will today visit the University of Canberra to meet students and staff as part of Labor’s ‘A Degree Shouldn’t Be a Debt Sentence’ campaign.

This week, around Australia, staff and students are taking part in campus events and being asked to sign an online petition as part of the campaign against the Abbott Government’s radical and unfair higher education package.

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ABC Canberra, Breakfast with Philip Clark

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RADIO INTERVIEW
ABC CANBERRA, BREAKFAST WITH PHILIP CLARK
THURSDAY, 14 AUGUST 2014

SUBJECT/S: Abbott Government cuts to higher education; Labor funding for universities; student subsidies to research; cuts to Canberra universities.

PHILIP CLARK: Senator, good morning.

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION SENATOR KIM CARR: Good morning.

CLARK: Good to see you here. You’ll be meeting with Stephen Parker, he’s been very openly critical of the Government’s proposals; do universities need another source of funding?

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Doorstop interview, University of Newcastle

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DOORSTOP INTERVIEW
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE
TUESDAY, 12 AUGUST 2014

SUBJECT/S: A degree shouldn’t be a debt sentence.

SENATOR KIM CARR, SHADOW MINISTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION: We’re here today, with my Labor colleagues, to discuss the future of this university and the future of this university and its importance to this region. The Commonwealth Government, Mr Abbott’s Government, promised that there’d be no cuts to education before the election. He also promised there’d be no fee rises. And now this university has to find $168 million to make up for the cuts that Mr Abbott’s Government has imposed.

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