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Morrison Government makes it harder and more expensive to go to uni for Southside students

June 26, 2020

TERRI BUTLER MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER
MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH

THE HON JACKIE TRAD MP
MEMBER FOR SOUTH BRISBANE

Thousands of Australians will miss out on university and fees for some degrees will double under Morrison’s plan for the next generation of students.

Not only will it be harder for students to attend university, but it will be more expensive, and Scott Morrison wants students to foot the bill.

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

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

But what could we expect from the same person who cut uni places only a couple of years ago?

Now there are 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.

“Thanks to Labor’s reforms to higher education, I was the first in my family to go to university” said Terri Butler MP.

Ms Butler said “It’s not fair that Liberal Cabinet Ministers have reaped the rewards of a university education but will make it harder for young people to go to uni today.”

Jackie Trad MP said “I know this will be shocking news for many Year 12 students on the Southside, who were already doing it tough”.

“Experts, students, lecturers, even Malcolm Turnbull, all think this plan is terrible,” said Ms Trad. 

Experts and others have suggested that the Liberals plans won’t even have the desired effect in getting people into engineering, maths, science, nursing or teaching.

“My concern is that under these new arrangements, there is a greater incentive for universities to take in a higher number of law, commerce and humanities students than there is to take in students in engineering and maths…that appears to be contrary to the government’s policy intentions.”
 
Julie Bishop, Chancellor of the Australian National University, former Liberal Education Minister, The Australian 23 June 2020

It makes sense that students are outraged.  

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.

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