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Labor will deliver more opportunities for Central Coast locals to study at uni



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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING

SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN

MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

SENATOR DEBORAH O’NEILL

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR INNOVATION

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH

SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

EMMA MCBRIDE MP

MEMBER FOR DOBELL

ANNE CHARLTON

LABOR CANDIDATE FOR ROBERTSON

LABOR WILL DELIVER MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CENTRAL COAST

LOCALS TO STUDY AT UNI

The Deputy Labor Leader, Tanya Plibersek, announced today that Central Coast

locals would benefit from a Shorten Labor Government plan to invest an extra

$174 million to help ensure more Australians get the chance to study at uni.

Ms Plibersek said the commitment will go towards mentoring, support, and other

specialised programs designed to boost opportunities for uni study in communities

where graduation rates are low.

“Labor believes it should be your ability, not your bank balance that determines

whether you get the chance to study at uni,” Ms Plibersek said.

The Member for Dobell, Emma McBride, said there are bright, talented students in

every part of Australia, but opportunities for uni study are uneven.

“Currently, a young person from the Central Coast is about three times less likely

to get a uni degree than someone on Sydney’s North Shore*,” Ms McBride said.

“Labor wants to change that.

“We want to support students who are first in their family to go to uni. We want our

unis to attract more students from the regions and the country, more Indigenous

students, and more students with a disability.

“Unis must actively recruit and support these students,” Ms McBride said.

Labor’s candidate for Robertson, Anne Charlton, said there was already some

terrific work happening - for example a program at the University of Newcastle that

helps students who’ve been in foster or residential care get into uni.

“A Shorten Labor Government wants to see more programs like these,” Ms

Charlton said.

“Our funding will also encourage unis to collaborate with TAFEs and not-for-profit

and community organisations, in areas including mentoring and outreach.

“This $174 million investment comes on top of Labor’s commitment to abolish Scott

Morrison’s unfair cap on uni places. Abolishing the cap will see the number of

Central Coast locals getting a uni education jump by more than 2,200.

“Nine in ten jobs created in the coming years will need a uni or TAFE qualification,”

Ms Charlton said.

Senator Deborah O’Neill said Labor wants the Central Coast to have a strong

economy, and secure, decently paid jobs.

“That’s why, unlike the Liberals, we will make investment in education a top

priority,” said Senator O’Neill.

“The Liberals have cut around $70 million from local unis in recent years.

“Scott Morrison says he can’t find the money to properly fund unis, but he can find

billions to give away to the top end of town. His priorities are all wrong.

“You can’t trust Scott Morrison with education, or your future,” Senator O’Neill said.

* Proportion of persons aged 25 to 34 years with a bachelor degree on the Central

Coast is 21.2% while on Sydney’s North Shore it’s 63.1%.

BACKGROUND

Labor uncapped student places back in 2009, which by 2016 had seen an extra

220,000 students get the opportunity of a uni education. Many of these students

were the first in their family to attend uni.

When last in government, Labor also invested hundreds of millions of dollars to

boost opportunity for uni study in communities where graduation rates were low.

And it was starting to work.

Because of Labor’s policies by 2016:

 the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds was up by 55 per

cent;

 Indigenous student numbers had jumped by 89 per cent;

 enrolments by students with a disability had more than doubled; and

 enrolments by students from country areas had grown by 48 per cent.

Scott Morrison and the Liberals put all this progress at risk when late last year they

cut $2.2 billion from unis by introducing an unfair cap on student places.

These terrible policies will see hundreds of thousands of Australians miss out on a

uni place.

WEDNESDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER 2018

MEDIA CONTACTS:

DAN DORAN (PLIBERSEK) 0427 464 350

RHYS ZORRO (O’NEILL) 0466 180 454

ALYSSON WATSON (MCBRIDE) 0432 953 904

ANNE CHARLTON 0400 433 743