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Monday, 1 December 2003
Page: 23267

To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

The petition of certain students and staff of Mordialloc College draws to the attention of the House the Federal

Government's university deregulations, contained in the Higher Education Support Bills 2003.

Key elements incorporated in these bills is the possible 30% increase in HECS fees, doubling Full-Fee places and

reduction of student representation from university councils. Under these changes, Art Degrees could cost $15,000

or Law degrees cost $41,000. A Full Fee Medical Degree would amount to $150,000. These changes would

oversee middle and lower-class students unable to partake in higher education, due to dire financial constraints.

The changes would also hinder and weaken student unions and representation, creating unaccountable universities.

We also point out to the House the Federal Opposition's Higher Education policy, Aim Higher. Aim Higher would create 21,000 additional university places, provide $35 million to assist disadvantaged high school students progress to higher education, abolish Full Fees places and ensure HECS fees don't continue to escalate.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the House annul these university deregulations and also request the House to adopt the Federal Opposition's Aim Higher strategy, which will restore accessibility and equity to universities.

by Ms Corcoran (from 458 citizens)