New Education Minister, Senator Simon Birmingham has again confirmed that the Liberals will stand by their unfair and unnecessary plan for $100,000 degrees.

Senator Birmingham told ABC television this morning that the Turnbull Liberal Government will not be dumping its plans for higher education deregulation: 

“… we have government policy that’s there… I don’t want to take anything off the table …

   ABC News Breakfast, 29 September 2015

The Liberal Government may have changed its Education Minister but its ideological commitment to Americanising Australian universities remains.

Senator Birmingham can try to hide the Liberals’ intentions behind supposed ‘consultation’ but university deregulation is part of their DNA.

They have failed to comprehend what the Australian people immediately understood – that burdening students with a lifetime of debt was a bad idea from the beginning. 

Labor has developed a positive plan for more graduates, not $100,000 degrees.

A Shorten Labor Government will invest in every student to ensure they graduate with the skills and knowledge they need for the jobs of the future, not a debt sentence.

We want Australian students that start university, to finish with a high quality degree, not a lifetime of debt.   

A Shorten Labor Government will:

  1. Increase the number of students completing their study by 20,000 graduates a year from 2020.

  2. Deliver more information for parents and students so they can make good decisions about university.

  3. Introduce a new Student Funding Guarantee to remove the need for higher fees and a lifetime of debt.

  4. Invest $31 million to boost the quality of teaching and resources in our universities.

  5. Establish an independent Higher Education Productivity and Performance Commission to ensure graduates meet the needs of the future economy.

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