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Friday, September 27, 2002

VICE CHANCELLORS’ PLANS A WELCOME CONTRIBUTION

Deputy Labor leader Jenny Macklin today welcomed a blueprint for reform of the higher education system put forward by Australia’s vice-chancellors.

Ms Macklin said that although Labor did not support a call by the Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee for an increase in fees for students, other elements of the reform plan were a constructive contribution to the debate on higher education reform.

“This blueprint, which calls for a significant boost in public investment in higher education as well as an increase in the HECS repayment threshold, stands completely at odds with the Howard Government’s agenda,” she said.

“It is yet another rejection of Brendan Nelson’s Crossroads Review and its four funding models. Unlike Crossroads, it shows a much more constructive path forward.

“Education Minister Brendan Nelson has only one answer to the funding crisis crippling our universities - hit students and the families for more money. But Labor and the vice-chancellors agree public investment in higher education must increase.”

The Howard Government’s review of higher education has identified students and their families as the only source of extra funding for universities. The four funding options it has proposed all single out students as the only source of additional funding, while government would contribute nothing extra.

Ms Macklin said she was pleased to see Australia’s vice-chancellors, who have unanimously rejected the Howard Government’s four funding models, calling for more public investment in higher education.

“Increased funding for higher education is an investment in the future of this country. Australia’s future prosperity depends on the innovative ideas, skills and knowledge that a vibrant higher education system provides.

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