Senator KIM CARR(Victoria) (16:02): The Minister for Education, Minister Pyne, apparently will do anything to try to persuade crossbenchers to support his unfair and unnecessary university package. He appears to be so desperate that he is now apparently abandoning a pledge repeated many times since these so-called reforms were announced in the budget. Hitherto, the minister has insisted that there would be no risk of price gouging if universities were allowed to set student fees at any level they want. But now Minister Pyne has belatedly realised that overcharging is a real prospect, and he is considering including a backdoor student tax in his package, a tax that will be imposed on universities if they raise fees over a set amount, a tax that will effectively force the fees that the students have to pay to actually go even higher. There could be no clearer admission—none whatsoever—that the government now acknowledges that the minister's fee package will lead to the $100,000 degree.
The minister does not like calling his new measure a tax. He prefers euphemisms like 'levy' or 'fine'. But let's speak plain English. This extra charge would be paid into consolidated revenue. It is a tax. This is a tax that will be imposed on students' fees even before they start repaying their HECS debts. The minister has no excuse for pretending that this will not further increase the cost of degrees. He does not have to do the maths to check this out. It has already been done for him. The backdoor student tax is a suggestion that has been made by Professor Bruce Chapman, and it is described in his submission to the current Senate inquiry. The Grattan Institute's Higher Education Program Director, Mr Andrew Norton, has modelled its effects, and he says:Read more
THE WORLD TODAY
WEDNESDAY, 4 MARCH 2014
SUBJECT/S: GREAT BIG NEW STUDENT TAX.
ELEANOR HALL: The Federal Government is intensifying its efforts to convince the Senate to pass its higher education changes.
Labor and the Greens remain opposed to the plan that the Education Minister has been arguing for since last year's budget.
That leaves the remaining crossbench senators with the key votes and they're waiting for the Government to spell out its latest position.
One element of that is a proposal from the architect of the HECS system, Bruce Chapman, which could see fee increases contained.
Political correspondent Louise Yaxley reports.
PARLAMENT HOUSE CANBERRA
WEDNESDAY, 04 MARCH 2015
SUBJECT/S: GREAT BIG NEW STUDENT TAX.
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION SENATOR KIM CARR: Minister Pyne has today confirmed that the Government is seeking to introduce a great big new tax, this time for students.
The Minster has acknowledged that he has been working with the cross-benchers to implement a plan by Professor Bruce Chapman, a plan described by Professor Bruce Chapman as a tax, a plan described by Mr Andrew Norton, the Government’s adviser, as a tax.
The Government’s proposal would affect all students at universities, not just the students at the Group of Eight, and would be a recipe for further cuts to higher education. It is a plan that would actually require the Government to collect enormous amounts of material for the 10,000 courses that are operating across Australia.
So in the name of deregulation, the Government would want to centralise information to secure additional cuts to university and a great big new tax for students.
PARLAMENT HOUSE CANBERRA
WEDNESDAY, 11 FEBUARY 2014
SUBJECT/S: Australia’s submarine and ship building industry.
GLENN THOMPSON: I’m Glenn Thompson, Assistant National Secretary and I’m here with 14 ship builders from around the country who work on the building of our surface vessels, the maintaining our surface vessels, and the maintaining of our submarines from our defence force.
We are here this week to talk to Coalition MP’s and the government about standing behind their promise to build the Future Submarine in South Australia.
We are here to send the message – as we have done over the last 18 months – to the government that they need to act decisively to ensure a rolling build of naval vessels, to ensure 1,400 jobs which are at risk over this year, are disappearing off the face of this earth if this government doesn’t make a decision around patrol boats, stand by the Senate estimates recommendation that the contract for the supply ships should be re-opened, and the bringing forward of the Anzac frigate replacement .We are asking the government to move and move decisively.Read more
ABC RADIO NATIONAL AM
MONDAY, 24 NOVEMBER 2014
SUBJECT/S: Abbott Government’s unfair automotive cuts
ALEXANDRA KIRK: The Opposition says it, the Greens, crossbenchers Nick Xenophon, John Madigan, Ricky Muir and the Palmer United Party senators are all expected to veto Government cuts to the Automotive Transformation Scheme.
SENATOR KIM CARR, SHADOW MINISTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND INDUSTRY: The Government has done all it can to drive the automotive industry from Australia.Read more
Senator KIM CARR (Victoria) (18:12): This is a debate that concerns millions of Australian students in higher education today. It is about the 1.2 million Australians with outstanding HECS debts. It is about the millions currently in school or in the workforce who are hoping to study at university. Australians know how important this debate is to their future and their nation's future. Australians understand that this bill will take away the foundation stones of a fair go. Australians believe that access to higher education should not be based on the circumstances of their birth or where they live but, rather, on the clear principle of merit.Read more
WEDNESDAY, 29 OCTOBER 2014
SUBJECT/S: Abbott Government’s plan to commercialise research; Higher Education Bill before the Senate; Stance of the PUP; Senator Nova Peris; ASIO comments on banning the burqa; Labor’s support for the security legislation.
KIM CARR: I draw your attention to statements the Government has made overnight – an unscrupulous device whereby they release a report, which is a general public report, to a few journalists – concerning the commercialisation of research. The Government that parrots the very worthy aspiration that we should have greater cooperation between our business community and our university community, and says that they’re going to launch a review of their $9.2 billion program and have it all concluded, basically by Christmas time. They've got a month for consultation and then they’ll take three weeks to come forward with deliberations.Read more
PARLIAMENT HOUSE DOORS
TUESDAY, 28 OCTOBER 2014
SUBJECT: The Abbott Government’s unfair changes to higher education.
KIM CARR: Today the Senate will receive the Higher Education Committee Report into the Government’s very, very flawed Higher Education bill. And today we have heard from Mr Clive Palmer that PUP senators will not be voting for this legislation.Read more
RADIO NATIONAL DRIVE, WITH JONATHAN GREEN
TUESDAY, 14 OCTOBER 2014
SUBJECT/S: Abbott Government’s Competitiveness Agenda, Shipbuilding Inquiry, Future Submarine Contract, ALP Senate preselections.
JONATHAN GREEN: Converting ideas into commercial profit: that is the aim of a $400 million competitiveness package announced today.Read more
ABC News 24, CAPITAL HILL
THURSDAY, 2 OCTOBER 2014
SUBJECT/S: Risk to Australia’s university rankings under Abbott Government higher education changes; Timing of higher education legislation.
LYNDAL CURTIS: The organisation responsible for ranking the world’s universities has questioned the Government’s plan to deregulate fees. Twelve Australian universities have improved their positions in the latest rankings. Eight of them are now in the top 200. But the Times Higher Education magazine, which compiles the rankings, says fee deregulation could harm Australia’s smaller universities. To discuss this I was joined in the studio a short time ago by the Opposition’s Higher Education spokesman, Kim Carr.Read more