TERRI BUTLER MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY
MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH
TASMANIANS TO LOSE FROM TURNBULL GOVERNMENT’S UNI CUTS
Tasmanians stand to lose from the Turnbull government's cuts to university funding and student fee hikes, Shadow Assistant Minister for Universities Terri Butler said.
"I visited the University of Tasmania in Hobart today, to see firsthand the work that the university is doing to contribute to the economy, and provide opportunities for Tasmanians and visitors," she said.
"For individuals, university education opens up a lifetime of opportunities for better employment and wage outcomes.
"For the nation, universities offer important economic benefits, including through international education exports, productivity enhancing research, and providing our future workforce with the skills and knowledge they will need for the jobs of the future.
"Yet the Turnbull government is cutting almost $4 billion from higher education, hiking up fees for students, forcing people to carry more debt, and radically lowering the annual income at which the obligation to pay more kicks in.
"Tasmanians deserve a government that will invest in education, not seek to slash funding from it.
"Tasmanians deserve a federal government that seeks to ease the pressure on households, not load them up with more debt.
"Malcolm Turnbull and Simon Birmingham should reverse the cuts to higher education, scrap the plans to hike up fees, and get their hands out of the pockets of people who earn $42,000 a year," Terri Butler said.
THURSDAY 13 JULY, 2017