Labor candidate slams LNP's higher education fees
WITH university about to start for thousands of students, the Labor candidate for Capricornia is reaffirming Labor's position against $100,000 degrees.
Leisa Neaton said nothing has changed under Malcolm Turnbull when it comes to the Liberals' plan for $100,000 degrees, stating that the Abbott-Turnbull Government is still seeking to cut university funding by 20% and deregulate undergraduate fees.
Ms Neaton said Labor has a positive plan for more graduates and sustainable university funding without $100,000 degrees.
Ms Neaton outlines how the Labor government plans to introduce a new student funding guarantee to remove the need for higher fees and a lifetime of debt and invest $31 million to boost the quality of teaching and resources in our universities.
Meanwhile, Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry says she was disappointed that Ms Neaton would use a scare campaign when it came to this issue.
"I don't want to be negative about such an important issue as higher learning," Ms Landry said.
"However, I will confirm that Malcolm Turnbull's government is providing record investment in the higher education sector this year to the tune of $16.6 billion.
"The truth is taxpayer funded student places have increased by 31% over the years, while taxpayer funding for those places has increased by 65% to match it."
Ms Landry said CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman held many meetings with various coalition education ministers about government policies for regional universities, describing opportunities for CQUniversity as "lip-smackingly" good.