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SENATOR KARIN SOWADA Australian Democrat Senator for New South Wales '

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October 15,1992.


"Students already have mortgage-like debts under the present Government let alone under a Coalition Government", according to Senator Karin Sowada,. Australian Democrats Education Spokesperson.

Senator Sowada, debating the issue of post graduate fees in the Senate today, countered Minister Baldwin's response to a Dorothy Dix question in Parliament saying:

"Post graduate students are currently paying fees as high as $32,000 and the Government has the audacity to claim that students would only incur such debt under a Coalition Government.

"This Government purports to support access and equity provisions in our higher ' education system yet evidence shows that the fees in post graduate courses are working against gender equity and discriminate against lower socio-economic groups.

"The majority of students undertaking fee courses are single, young males without dependents.

"Some post graduate courses involve a year of compulsory full time enrolment which precludes students from full time employment and often results in severe financial hardship. .

"The regressive education policies in Fightback! would allow institutions to charge upfront and full fees and introduce a discriminatory voucher system.

"The Coalition seeks to entrench a user-pays education system that has been introduced incrementally by the present Government.

"If the Minister sees a correlation between Dr Kemp's crazed utterances and the phases of the moon then he should examine his Government's own blood sucking revenue raising methods in education", concluded Senator Sowada.

For more information, please contact: Senator Karin Sowada (06) 277 5899 or (018) 205 860 COMMONWEALTH ”” |

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