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Labor's education resolution a 'cynical betrayal'



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Senator Baden Teague Acting Shadow Minister for Education MEDI A RELEASE -lu AUSTRALIA , . &

THE SENATE

C O M M O N W E A L ! PARLIAMENTARY LIBI c. I . s.

LABOR'S EDUCATION RESOLUTION A 'CYNICAL BETRAYAL'

The Labor Party has today made it clear that it is determined to impose fees for all higher education students, the Acting Shadow Minister for Education, Senator Baden Teague (Lib, S A ), said today.

"What ever form the fee takes, it is inevitable students will be required to make substantial contributions on a user-pays basis towards their higher education.

"There are 400,000 higher education students in Australia and from January 1 next year every one of them will incur pay-later fees to the tune of one-fifth of university and college costs, that is fees of $1,500 to $3,000 per year.

"Labor's new higher education platform represents a cynical betrayal of the interests of students and of the nation.

"The Government's agreement to examine a tax surcharge on high income earners is nothing but an outrageous red herring.

"In contrast with Labor's direct user-pays approach to education, the Liberal Party's policy is to introduce Commonwealth scholarships on academic merit to maintain the existing number of 'free' education places and then to allow higher education

institutions to enrol additional students on whatever basis they see fit.

"This Coalition policy allows for rapid expansion in the higher education sector while avoiding the disincentives and inequities offered by Labor's education tax plans," Senator Teague said.

Senator Baden Teague Acting Shadow Minister for Education

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June 6, 1988