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Opposition once again out of touch.

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Friday, 17 March 2006

The comments today made by Shadow Minister for Education Jenny Macklin on James Cook University confirm how out of touch the Opposition is. “The under enrolment at JCU revealed yesterday is a challenge that needs a much more sophisticated solution than Ms Macklin has called for,” Federal Member for Herbert, Peter Lindsay, said today. “I am working with the University’s Vice Chancellor and Federal Education Minister Julie Bishop on detailed plans to guarantee a healthy future for the university,” Peter Lindsay MP said. “Calling for unfilled places to be converted to medical and nursing places just won’t work. There’s currently little demand for nursing places and additional medical places can not be accepted until new laboratories can be built,” Mr Lindsay said. Ms Macklin further claims that the drop in enrolments at JCU is due to the Federal Government doubling the cost of a university degree. “Again she is wrong, because the places that remain unfilled at JCU are the low cost places. “Ms Macklin referred to the drop in enrolments as being unprecedented in North Queensland, but she neglected to say that there has been a drop in enrolments right around the country. As a result of our strong economy people are taking up other options. “I’m determined to give JCU every bit of help I can to ensure that our university remains one of the leading tropical universities in the world,” Mr Lindsay said.