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Media Release

MARTIN FERGUSON MP

Member for Batman

 

18 October 1999

 

 

ANDERSON REFUSES TO SAVE REGIONAL UNIVERSITIES

 

 

The Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, today refused to act to save regional university campuses that the Go vernment has identified as being ‘at risk’.

 

The Minister was also unable to tell the Parliament which regional universities are among the eight that the Government concedes are operating at a deficit.

 

“Students, parents and communities in regional Australia deserve to know whether their local university campus will survive”, Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Martin Ferguson, said today.

 

“By refusing to do anything to protect the interests of those regional universities and campuses that are ‘at risk’, Mr Anderson exposes his recent rhetoric as all talk. The Minister calls for a fairer go for regional Australia and then refuses to act to save regional university campuses in crisis.

 

“The Minister does not seem interested in the jobs that will go with regional campuses closing. With over 220 areas of Australia facing double digit unemployment rates, you might think the Minister would be acting to protect this crucial regional infrastructure and the jobs associated with it.

 

“Many people in regional Australia do not want to have to send their kids to the big city universities — further from their families and communities. And they don’t think it’s fair that the cost of a university education will be $100,000 or more.

 

“The Minister must commit himself to acting on behalf of regional universities and those families in rural and regional Australia aspiring to send their kids to those universities. As the recent Victorian election result reveals, talk is no longer good enough for people in rural and regional Australia,” Mr Ferguson said.

 

For information contact: Rod Glover (02) 6277 4899

 

 

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