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Nelson misleads on medical places.



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Media Release Jenny MacklinMP

NELSON MISLEADS ON MEDICAL PLACES

The Howard Government’s higher education legislation allows for half of all medical places in universities to go to full fee students paying as much as $150,000 for a medical degree.

A report in today’s Sydney Morning Herald reveals that there is nothing in the legislation to stop the Education Minister letting universities give 50 per cent of medical places to full fee payers.

Dr Nelson has been promising that full fee places in medical courses would be capped at 10 per cent.

This is a giant con on the part of the Education Minister and yet another instance of misleading the public.

The higher education legislation does not reflect what Dr Nelson has been telling the Australian public.

It was revealed last week that the legislation includes a provision for the Eduction Minister to increase HECS fees over and above 30 per cent after 2005. That’s despite the fact that Dr Nelson has repeatedly promised that HECS fees increases would be capped at 30 per cent.

Dr Nelson has produced a crooked piece of legislation riddled with loopholes and escape clauses.

There should be no full fee places for Australian undergraduates in any courses, especially medicine.

Full fee places undermine standards and equity.

Australians do not want to be treated by doctors who have paid $150,000 for a medical degree instead of earning a university place on merit.

The Howard Government is creating a system where money more than marks opens university doors.

More info: Joanna Brent 0408 473 278 25 September 2003

Deputy Leader of the Opposition Shadow Minister for Employment, Education & Training Federal Member for Jagajaga