Today the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) has confirmed the Turnbull Liberals are still planning to cut $12 billion out of higher education and burden Australian students with $100,000 degrees and a lifetime of debt.

Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to deregulate university fees and implement savage funding cuts is only going to see Australian families paying more.

In 2015 Malcolm Turnbull claimed:

Federal support for education right across the board is increasing and it will increase in the future.”

Malcolm Turnbull, ABC Radio, 30 October 2015    

But Malcolm Turnbull, like Tony Abbott before him, is saying one thing and doing another. 

Today’s report once again confirms that Malcolm Turnbull wants to see the Americanisation of Australian universities, just like Tony Abbott.

The Liberals need to realise that deregulation is a failed agenda; it has already been rejected twice by the Senate. Malcolm Turnbull should scrap it and go back to the drawing board.

Australians have repeatedly made it clear that they oppose the Abbott-Turnbull Government’s plan for deregulation, $100,000 degrees and massive funding cuts.

Unlike the Liberals, Labor will put people first and invest in every student to ensure more Australians graduate with the skills and knowledge they need for the jobs of the future.

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.

  6. Offer a Startup Year at university to young Australians looking to start their own enterprise.

  7. Boost the number of young Australians taking up STEM courses at university as well as upskilling 25,000 teachers.

    Only Labor is committed to investing in higher education to create and sustain the jobs of the future.

Read more here www.futuresmartaustralia.org.


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