New independent modelling reveals Abbott’s lifelong debt sentence for students

New independent modelling has revealed that some students may never repay their exorbitant HELP debt as a result of Tony Abbott’s unfair changes to higher education.

NATSEM modelling commissioned by Labor shows that the deregulation of university fees by the Abbott Government will mean a debt sentence for Australian students.

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The system’s not broken, the Government wants to break it

The Abbott Government’s deeply unfair higher education proposals have not received unqualified support from any vice-chancellor.

But now that the legislation is being debated in the Senate, some vice-chancellors are desperately lobbying for parts of Christopher Pyne’s package in the vain hope that others will be dropped.

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Lib plan won’t turn research into dollars

Trying to find the substance in the Abbott Government’s so-called Competitiveness Agenda is like trying to grab a jellyfish.

Two weeks after Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane announced the Agenda, he and Education Minister Christopher Pyne have released its next instalment, Boosting the commercial returns from research.

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Labor Senators call for rejection of Higher Education Bill

Labor Senators today called for Parliament to reject the Abbott Government’s Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill (HERRA) 2014.

In a dissenting report on the Education and Employment Committee’s inquiry into the Bill, Labor Senators described the Abbott Government’s proposals for massive funding cuts, deregulation of fees and real interest rates on student loans as the antithesis of the Australian ethos of a fair go.

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Higher fees means higher fees. That’s it

No amount of spin or obfuscation by Christopher Pyne can hide the fact that higher fees means higher fees, Shadow Higher Education Minister Kim Carr warned today.

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence was reported this morning as saying that under deregulation disadvantaged students would actually have more support than they have at present, because the number of scholarships would increase.

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Government fund shuns Ford workers

Labor has exposed the Abbott Government’s shameful deception and abandonment of workers in the automotive industry.

At a Senate Estimates hearing last night, Department of Industry officials confirmed that Ford workers would not be eligible for assistance from the $30 million Skills and Training Programme.

The officials also confirmed that in fact the Abbott Government was not providing any funding to the program it has been touting as its own. 

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Tinkering won’t remove fundamental unfairness of higher education changes

No amount of sugar coating will encourage the Australian people to swallow the Abbott Government’s fundamentally unfair higher education changes, Shadow Higher Education Minister Kim Carr said today.

“Whatever inducements the Government might dangle in front of cross-bench Senators, fee deregulation would still mean a massive increase in costs for ordinary Australians who go to university,” Senator Carr said.

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CSIRO declares continuing commitment to science of climate change

Australia’s leading national research agency remains firmly committed to the science of climate change, a Senate estimates hearing was told today.

The Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Dr Megan Clark, told the hearing that CSIRO’s staff included world-leading climate scientists, and CSIRO would continue to engage in atmospheric, oceanographic and other research relating to climate change.

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Early indications show Pyne’s package is putting students off

Early data shows a drop off in students applying for university next year, and Labor is concerned that students are already being deterred by the prospect of skyrocketing fees under Christopher Pyne's unfair university changes.

Officials from the Department of Education confirmed during Senate Estimates last night that information provided to date by the various Tertiary Admissions Centres shows a significant 2.9 per cent decline in the number of students applying for university in 2015.

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Abbott Government must fix “mistake” that sent army boots contract offshore

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane has admitted that the Abbott Government mistakenly awarded a contract to make boots for the Australian Defence Force to an Indonesian-based manufacturer.

In July Defence Minister David Johnston promised to investigate why the Adelaide firm Rossi Boots had been overlooked for contracts worth up to $15 million to make 100,000 pairs of boots.

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