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Wednesday, 24 March 2004
Page: 21755

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in the Parliament assembled: the undersigned Petitioners respectfully request that the Senate recognises that:

Fees are a barrier to education

Fees disproportionately affect key equity groups

Permitting Universities to increase fees will substantially increase student debt

Expanding full fee places will impact on the principle that entry to university should be based on ability, not ability to pay

The petitioners therefore call upon the Senate to reject the proposed changes to Higher Education, as outlined in the Nelson Review.

by Senator Stott Despoja (from 116 citizens).