The budget just announced has issued in the worst attacks on students in decades:
1.The government will be lowering their contribution to HECS by 20%
2.They are removing caps on fees so universities will be able to charge students WHATEVER THEY WANT
3.The interest rate on HECS will be increased and will be determined by the bond rate. ie. the private market. Students will have no idea what their HECS debt will soar to in the future
4.Private providers will be brought into the government scheme so that public money will be funelled towards private shonky "educational" instituions and away from public education.
The government has shown no moderation and has chosen to implement the most savage aspects of the Commission of Audit and the Kemp-Norton review.
Christopher Pyne, who went to university for next to nothing, is increasing fees to historic levels and is bringing in a US style education system. Elite universities will become the preserve of the rich and poorer students will be priced out of the education they deserve whilst still being burdened by more debt than ever before.
Students need to stand up to these savage attacks! We demand:
-No fee hikes!
-No US model!
-Education for all!
-Step down, Pyne!
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For more information contact:
Sarah Garnham- National Union of Students education officer
Re: MELBOURNE EMERGENCY BUDGET RALLY: Say no to fee ...
Why stop at protesting the attacks on students? The entire budget is a means for the priveliged fat Liberal pigs in parliament to use the weak, the sick, the elderly, the young, the students, and even the environment as mere pavement to further inflate their own hip pockets.
I don't mean to plug the Greens, but senator Di Natale summarizes these issues well:
Regarding jobless youths specifically:
This is an absolute outrage and an attack on basic human needs.