Prime Minister Tony Abbott has yet again demonstrated his failure to understand the implications of his own higher education policy, Shadow Higher Education Minister Senator Kim Carr today.
In the Parliament today, referring to Labor’s concerns about student debt, Mr Abbott said:
“… at least those students would be coming into it with their eyes open."
TONY ABBOTT – QUESTION TIME – 28 MAY 2014Read more
It’s only a matter of time before widespread anger and concern over the Abbott Government’s shambolic higher education policy forces the Government to abandon its unpopular changes, Shadow Minister for Higher Education Senator Kim Carr said today.
“It’s clear the wheels are falling off this ill-considered and retrograde policy – students and their families are concerned and angry, the university sector is deeply concerned and some on the Government’s own backbench are also concerned and angry,” Senator Carr said.Read more
The Abbott Government’s higher education shambles continue to grow with Education Minister Christopher Pyne now becoming confused about his own policy, Shadow Higher Education Minister Senator Kim Carr said today.
“Mr Pyne, like Tony Abbott, has shown that he has absolutely no idea what he's done to university fees and to HECS-HELP," Senator Carr said.Read more
Domestic students in a deregulated higher education market should have the same protection from fly-by-night operators as international students, Shadow Higher Education Minister Senator Kim Carr has warned.
“The Government will court disaster if it fails to ensure that a proper regulatory framework is in place before scores of new entrants rush to claim government funds,” Senator Carr said in an address today to the Australian Council for Private Education and Training in Sydney.Read more
The Abbott Government’s muddled response to the call by universities to delay the introduction of deregulation reveals its higher education plans are in disarray, Shadow Minister for Higher Education Senator Kim Carr said today.
“The Government has clearly failed to appreciate the complexities and repercussions of its radical and retrograde changes to the higher education sector,” Senator Carr said.Read more
Not only will future generations of Australians face higher debts thanks to the Abbott Government’s Budget of broken promises but existing students and graduates will be hit as well.
University students and graduates with existing HECS/HELP debts – currently about 1.2 million people – will be hit with thousands of dollars extra in interest on their loans after 2016.Read more
Australia's capacity to nurture hi-tech start-ups has suffered a massive blow.
The Abbott Government’s abandonment of Australia's advanced technology companies and emerging industries puts thousands of jobs in the sector at risk.Read more
This budget spells devastation for the 150 firms in the automotive components sector and for 200,000 automotive workers and their families.
Proposed cuts to the Automotive Transformation Scheme in last night’s budget, in addition to the $500 million cuts announced as part of MYEFO, will relegate nearly a quarter of a million Australians, and their families, to the unemployment scrapheap.Read more
“I’m pleased to pledge the incoming Government to continue to support science to the fullest extent possible.”
TONY ABBOTT - PM’S PRIZES FOR SCIENCE DINNER - 31 OCTOBER 2013
Australia’s Science and research future has been gutted by crippling cuts to the science and research sector, including to the nation’s premier science agency, CSIRO.
The massive cuts to the major science and research agencies – at least $878 million – come on top of more than $5 billion slashed from higher education.Read more
“The Coalition has no plans to increase university fees.”
CHRISTOPHER PYNE - MEDIA RELEASE – 26 AUGUST 2012
“I want to give people this absolute assurance, no cuts to education …”
TONY ABBOTT - INSIDERS – 1 SEPTEMBER 2013
The Abbott Government’s first Budget marks the end of fair and affordable higher education, and a betrayal of Australian students and their families.Read more