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Liberals left red-faced over university changes

June 20, 2020

TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

GRAHAM PERRETT MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
MEMBER FOR MORETON


LIBERALS LEFT RED-FACED OVER UNIVERSITY CHANGES

Scott Morrison has been left red-faced as experts reveal his Government’s university changes won’t do a thing to get young people into high priority jobs such as nursing, teaching, or science.

“Higher education expert Andrew Norton said...there would be no observable impact in the medium-term.
"Course choices closely reflect student interests. You're not going to do something that will bore you for three years and bore you for another 40 simply because the course is cheaper.”

Andrew Norton, Grattan Institute, Sydney Morning Herald 20 June 2020

“...Australian National University economist Bruce Chapman, who designed the Higher Education Contribution Scheme...said students made study choices based on interests and earning potential, and the national system of income-contingent loans limited the impact of cost on those decisions.”
"There's no doubt that it blunts the effect. And that was kind of the plan. It was to have a system where the payments would not affect behaviour.”

Bruce Chapman, architect of HECS, Sydney Morning Herald 20 June 2020.

If students and their parents have good information about where future jobs are likely to be, they will make sensible decisions about studying a course that will help them graduate into employment.

The truth is that thousands of Australians will miss out on university and fees for some degrees will double under the changes announced yesterday by the Liberals.

After all the Liberals’ cuts, after all the young people who have missed out on uni - and now the recession - this announcement doesn’t give our young people the opportunities they deserve.

Young people have been hit particularly hard by this recession, and the Liberals are leaving them behind again.

Scott Morrison wants students to foot the bill for his Government’s uni changes.

A couple of years ago, Scott Morrison cut uni places. Now he expects people to be grateful he’s reversed some of those cuts. Even after today’s announcement, thousands of Australians will still miss out on uni.

There’s double the number of Year 12s who want to go to uni next year, but the Liberals refuse to open up enough places for them.

Youth unemployment’s gone through the roof in this recession. About one in six young people can’t find work, the worst situation in 20 years. If young people can’t earn, they should have the opportunity to learn. But many of them won’t be able to go uni because the Government’s not providing enough places.

It’s a shame Scott Morrison wants young people to join the dole queue instead of letting them study.

Every one of Scott Morrison’s Liberal Party Cabinet ministers went to uni, but they don’t think our kids deserve the same chance.

You just can’t trust the Liberals with universities.

Labor believes that if you get the marks you should get the opportunity to go to uni - simple as that.

SATURDAY, 20 JUNE 2020

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