It’s election eve and the Liberals have failed to engage in any election policy debate on their education and training policies.
Simon Birmingham this week admitted that the Liberals’ plan for higher education is to introduce fee deregulation and $100,000 degrees after the election, despite not actually talking about it during the campaign.
Senator Birmingham has done his very best to hide the Liberals’ true intentions to cut university funding by 20 per cent, slug students with $100,000 degrees, and Americanise higher education at taxpayers’ expense.Read more
Labor will invest in Australian made goods and services, boosting our competitive advantage, and backing our businesses and people.
Goods and services made in Australia support local jobs, whether they are for domestic sale or for export. Labor knows that with the right policies, and the right settings, our businesses can compete and win in the global market place.Read more
A Shorten Labor Government will repair the damage inflicted on Australian science and research by the Abbott-Turnbull Liberals.
Today, Labor announces a suite of programs to support science and research in the national interest, including:
- Restoring university research funding and supporting regional universities to increase their research effort.
- Increasing support for proven programs that encourage researchers and industry to work together to build the jobs of the future.
- Securing the future of Australian biosecurity research.
Under a Shorten Labor Government, admission fees for all visitors to Questacon will be lowered by $7.50.
For 30 years, Questacon has been exciting adults and children, and inspiring the scientists, researchers and engineers of tomorrow.
Questacon is Australia’s premier science museum, attracting 454,251 visitors and 136,155 school groups in 2015 alone. While Questacon is attracting more visitors than ever, families under pressure from tight budgets are missing out.Read more
Malcolm Turnbull last night confirmed that the Liberals will impose university deregulation and slug students with $100,000 degrees.
“What we will seek to do is to offer the universities the ability to deregulate fees, if you like, for a small number of flagship courses so that they can compete,”
Malcolm Turnbull, Facebook Debate, 17 June 2016
This just confirmed what has been the worst kept secret of this election campaign.Read more
On National TAFE Day, Labor is proud to announce that a Shorten Labor Government will establish Commonwealth Institutes of Higher Education to deliver new technical and education opportunities to areas where access remains difficult and participation is too low.
A total of ten pilot sites will be established across Australia, in locations where need is demonstrated, and where institutions, industry and local communities are ready to implement locally tailored Institutes.
The Institutes will see universities working together with TAFE to trial approaches tailored to local conditions, giving students the skills they need to find local jobs.Read more
To celebrate National TAFE day the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Senator Scott Ryan, will today release a list of the inflated course costs that have occurred during their term of office further demonstrates the Liberals’ refusal to address the rorting and waste of taxpayer money occurring in the vocational education sector.
Instead of writing his list, the policy-free Minister should have been looking at ways to address the price-gouging which has occurred under their watch.Read more
A Shorten Labor Government will provide $54.2 million for a Food, Fibre and Advanced Materials Modernisation Grants program to drive local jobs and attract investment in manufacturing, particularly in rural and regional areas.
Labor’s program will match investments by manufacturers in projects to improve the efficiency of their operations and increase investment in new technologies, including energy-efficient capital equipment and low emissions technologies.Read more
A Shorten Labor Government will develop a National Passenger Rail Procurement Strategy within the first 12 months of forming Government, driving jobs and investment in high tech rail manufacturing throughout Australia.
Just as we need a continuous build and procurement strategy to maintain our strategically vital shipbuilding industry, we need a national plan for Australia’s strategically vital passenger rail industry.
Over the next decade there will be significant investment from State Governments in rail and rolling stock, with a pipeline of over $46 billion already committed or planned for rail-based public transport projects.Read more
A Shorten Labor Government will restore CSIRO’s capacity to drive the national science, research and innovation agenda that will grow new industries and build a smarter Australia.
The Liberals ripped $115 million out of CSIRO in the horror 2014 Budget. One in five CSIRO scientists lost their jobs as a result.
Further job cuts are underway right now across the organisation. These will decimate our national research capacity in critical areas like climate science, manufacturing and food security.Read more