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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

DR DAVID KEMP M.P. MEMBER FOR GOLDSTEIN SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION

368 Centre Road, Bentlcigh, Vic. 3204 Tel: (03) 557 4644 I-'ax: (03) 657 2906

MEDIA RELEASE 8 DECEMBER 1992

NATIONAL UNION OF STUDENTS EXPOSED

In voting to cancel a long-standing invitation for me to speak at its Annual National Conference today, the National Union of Students (NUS), has shown that it will do anything to prevent a balanced argument in the higher education debate.

By refusing to allow me access to the Conference, the NUS has paid-off the Government for legislation passed in the parliament last week.

Amendments to the Higher Education Funding Act, rammed through the Senate with the support of the Australian Democrats, commits the Government to provide substantial taxpayer funds to student unions in the event that any State legislates for voluntary student unionism.

At present, revenue for student unions conies from a compulsory and regressive levy on all students.

Under Section 66 of the Act, should any of the States move to abolish compulsory student unionism, the Federal Government can step in and fund the unions if students exercise their freedom of choice and decide not to join.

This means the Australian taxpayer can now be called upon to fund all manner of student political campaigns (including during election periods).

F u rth e r in fo rm atio n !: R ich ard Kilts (03) 557 4644

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