Jul 3, 2015

Albanese to host education forum in Newtown

Local residents concerned about changes to higher education are invited to attend a Community Forum on the 15th of July with Professor Stephen Parker AO, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra and Rose Steele, President of the National Union of Students.

In last year’s Budget the Coalition unveiled their plans to introduce $100 000 degrees.

Despite failing to gain support both in the community and the Parliament, Christopher Pyne remains determined to saddle students with a lifetime of debt.

Proposed changes to education funding in the 2015 Budget include:

  • Allowing universities to charge whatever they like for courses;
  • Cutting 20 per cent of government funding of undergraduate university places, and;
  • Raising interest rates on student loans, resulting in total repayments increasing by tens of thousands of dollars for some students.

These changes will have a devastating impact on young people and our nation’s future.

The inner west is home to a great number of students, many living out of home and struggling to get by on what they can.

We need to look at ways to make education accessible for all students, not create more obstacles.

I hope you can join me at a Community Forum to hear from student leaders and academics about alternatives to the Government’s plan.

The Forum will be held on Wednesday 15 July from 6:30pm-8:00pm at Camdenville Public School, Laura Street Newtown. You can RSVP online at http://tinyurl.com/eduforumrsvp or by calling 9564 3588.