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   11   Higher education

Ms Plibersek, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)        notes the Government’s abject failure in higher education policy, including:

(a)        repeated attempts to introduce a United States style, user pays approach to tuition fees which will leave young Australians with $100,000 degrees;

(b)        a continued policy to slash 20 per cent from Commonwealth Grants Scheme funding; and

(c)        the short-sighted 2016-17 budget decision to remove 40 per cent of funding to the Higher Education Participation Program by 2019-20; and

(2)        calls on the Government to:

(a)        recognise that two in every three jobs created in the future will require a university degree;

(b)        acknowledge that investment in human potential is critical to boosting productivity and driving innovation; and

(c)        immediately work to improve access to higher education and stop putting barriers around our universities through massive debt burdens.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.