TERRI BUTLER MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTION OF FAMILY VIOLENCE
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY
MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH
HIGHER EDUCATION CUTS WILL HURT ROCKHAMPTON
The Turnbull Government's higher education cuts of almost $4 billion will hurt Rockhampton, Terri Butler said.
Yesterday Terri Butler visited one of CQ University's Rockhampton campuses, with Keppel MP Brittany Lauga, and met with Vice Chancellor Scott Bowman. The three of them then held a joint press conference.
"The Turnbull Government's cuts will make it harder for locals to go to uni," Terri Butler said.
"Enabling courses - that are important for people who are potentially going to be the first in their family to go to uni - are currently free. Under the Turnbull government's plans, people will be slugged up to $3,200 for those courses.
"Students who then go on to a degree will then face higher fees for degrees, meaning they'll carry higher debt in the following decades.
"At the same time, universities will have their funding cut. That means students will pay more, for less, sooner.
"It’s important that people in and around Rockhampton have access to high quality university, as the economy changes and the skills needed for the jobs of the future evolve.
"It makes no sense to cut uni funding, or to slug students with higher fees."
WEDNESDAY, 2 AUGUST 2017