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Fewer university places: the John Howard legacy.



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LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

Fewer university places: The John Howard Legacy

Brendan Nelson is correct in declaring I was wrong in claiming that there would have been 16,000 more university places if the Howard Government had not cut the growth in university places legislated by Labor in 1995.

In fact, 16,000 is the shortfall in Queensland alone.

Across the whole of Australia, the shortfall in fully funded university places is 120,000 (see chart below).

After seven years in power, the Howard Government has created just 18 additional fully funded university places.

If Brendan Nelson had bothered to check the facts, he wouldn’t have rushed out to stick his foot in his mouth yet again.

No amount of sophistry can hide the fact that under John Howard the legacy for Australian universities has been: • A $5 billion cut in Government investment in universities; • 120,000 fewer fully funded university places than would have

been the case under Labor; and • Higher fees for university students.

120,000 fewer university places under John Howard

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Fully-funded university places

1995 ALP Growth funding for places John Howard's Total Fully Funded Places

Lost university places under John Howard and Brendan Nelson

CANBERRA February 27 2003