Pyne tries to blackmail Senate on higher education – again

Today, universities across Australia were recognised in international rankings as being among the best in the world – a clear reflection of the excellence and depth of their research.

Yet in Question Time, Christopher Pyne doubled down on his strategy of blackmailing the Senate by threatening to cut the very programs that underpin this performance – repeating a strategy that so spectacularly backfired in August.

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Abbott Government votes to cut Aussie auto jobs

The Coalition today passed legislation that would cut $500 million from the Automotive Transformation Scheme between now and 2017 and terminate the scheme from the end of 2017, resulting in a further $400 million cut.

Cutting almost a $1 billion in funding from the Automotive Transformation Scheme and shutting it down early would spell disaster for the 200,000 Australian men and women who rely on the auto industry for their jobs.

Twenty-four Labor MPs rose to speak on the Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment Bill 2014, condemning the Abbott Government’s flagrant attack on the industry and the tens of thousands of Australians it employs nationally, including the workers in their electorates.

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University rankings expose Pyne’s claims as hollow

Australia’s university system is going from strength to strength, as indicated in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings released today.

Eight Australian universities are now in the top 200: Melbourne, ANU, Sydney, the University of Queensland, Monash, UNSW, UWA and the University of Adelaide.

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Innovation central to economic policy and growth: Business Council of Australia

In its submission to the Senate Inquiry on Australia’s Innovation System, the Business Council of Australia has called for a long-term vision and leadership on innovation policy from Government.

 

The submission released today sends a clear message to the Abbott Government: stop the massive cuts to science, research and innovation and start backing Australia’s future potential.

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Abbott Government still fails the fairness test on universities

Five months ago, the Government announced its plan to cut $5.8 billion from universities and allow universities to charge students as much as they like.

The plan raises the prospect of $100,000 degrees, and the end of the fair go that Australians rightly expect.

This isn’t some kind of myth. NATSEM modelling based on the University of Western Australia’s fee schedule for 2016 found female teachers and nurses would face $100,000 debts, which would take 24 years or more to pay off.

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National Party revolts against higher uni fees

The National Party in Western Australia has slammed the Abbott Government’s unfair higher education changes and rejected Christopher Pyne’s claims that regional universities will be the “biggest winners”.

In an extraordinary submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Government’s higher education changes, the National Party says: 

The higher education reform claims to be in the spirit of fairness and equality, giving greater capacity for regional and rural students to access higher education opportunities, but the PNP remains unconvinced.  

PARLIAMENTARY NATIONAL PARTY, WA – SUBMISSION TO SENATE INQUIRY
– 22 SEPTEMBER 2014 

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Pyne’s porky pies revealed by Uni of Western Australia

Joint release with Amanda Rishworth

Analysis of the University of Western Australia’s 2016 fee schedule reveals the Minister for Education is consistently misleading young Australians when he says students will pay only 50 per cent of the cost of their university education.

In fact, UWA’s recent submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee, taken together with the Government’s proposed funding rates for Commonwealth Supported Places from 1 January 2016, reveals students will pay as much as 89.86 per cent of the total cost of their university degree.

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Abbott Government smashing Aussie auto industry jobs

Joint release with Tony Zappia

Legislation introduced in the Parliament today would spell disaster for the 200,000 Australian men and women who rely indirectly on the automotive manufacturing industry for their jobs.

The Abbott Government’s Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment Bill, if passed, would cut $500 million in funding from the Automotive Transformation Scheme between now and 2017.

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Major university confirms $100,000 degrees on the way

The University of Western Australia has announced it will significantly increase fees if the Abbott Government’s deregulation package goes ahead, with some hitting the $100,000 mark.

UWA will charge $48,000 for a broad-based, three-year undergraduate degree – up to triple the current fee for a student studying courses such as education, nursing and the arts, and double today’s costs for science students.

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Abbott Government’s empty rhetoric on science

The Abbott Government – the only government in the OECD without a science strategy and one of the few without a science minister – continues to misrepresent its commitment to science and research.

Unlike the previous Labor Government, which increased spending on science and research by 43 per cent, the Abbott Government has made massive cuts to science funding.

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