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Tuesday, 20 September 1994
Page: 981


Senator TIERNEY —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)calls on the Australian Labor Party (ALP) Government to admit that its tertiary education funding policies are forcing institutions to charge student fees for an increasing range of courses;

  (b)condemns the Government for portraying itself at the 1993 election as being against fees, but since the election altering a wide range of fees, including floating the proposal for $1 000 upfront fees for undergraduate courses;

  (c)highlights the Government's hypocrisy in introducing full fees for higher degrees with great speed, catching many students part way through their courses and creating real uncertainty and hardship;

  (d)joins with tertiary students on campuses across Australia in rejecting the ALP Government's policy of bleeding students of fee money with constant changes to fee charging mechanisms; and

  (e)calls on the ALP Government to come clean and admit that it has squeezed tertiary education funding to force universities to seek more funds through charging a variety of upfront fees to students.