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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26266

Senator STOTT DESPOJA (9:39 AM) —I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that on 19 August 2004, there will be national action by university students who will be protesting against the Government's `Backing Australia's Future: Our Universities' policy and in particular, against higher education contribution scheme (HECS) fee increases and the under-funding of universities;

(b) supports students in their non-violent attempts to seek the repeal of HECS fee increases and increased public finding for education; and

(c) condemns the Government for under-funding universities for the past 8 years, to such an extent that universities are now turning to students to provide a short-term increase in funding.

Question agreed to.