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Monday, 1 December 2003
Page: 23267

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

We the undersigned oppose the Howard Government plan to:

Allow universities to increase the cost of HECS fees by 30 per cent. Under this plan a basic Arts degree could cost $15,000, Science $21,000 and Law $41,000. Students who do Honours or combined degrees could pay even more.

Double the number of full fee university places costing up to $100,000 or more.

Introduce a loans scheme with a 6 per cent interest rate.

Create a divided system where country and suburban universities struggle to compete with big city campuses who will charge the highest fees and attract the best teachers.

We call for our representatives to work for a fair system of higher education that allows any student from any background equal opportunity to study at university.

by Mr Kerr (from 136 citizens)