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Nelson delays higher ed legislation.

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Media Release Jenny MacklinMP

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


The Education Minister has failed to release controversial higher education legislation - four months after the federal Budget.

This is despite officials from the Department of Education, Training and Science stating that the legislation would be introduced on 10 September.

This continuing delay is absurd. The Education Minister announced the changes in May this year, following a process that began over eighteen months ago in January 2002.

Universities desperately need even the limited funding contained in the legislation.

The Howard Government has cut $5 billion out of Australia’s universities since 1996.

Complex legislation such as this deserves full and extensive scrutiny by the Parliament and the community.

A key independent Senator has already signalled that the Education Minister’s disorganisation and delays have jeopardised full consideration of the legislation before the end of the year.

The Education Minister is impeding the flow of desperately needed funding to universities.

Dr Nelson needs to get his act together.

He must immediately release the legislation to allow the swiftest consideration of the detail of the changes and ensure that desperately needed funding can flow to universities.

More info: Joanna Brent 02 6277 4045; 0408 473 278 10 September 2003