Canberrans have always believed in the transformative power of education. They care about building a world-class education system for generations to come.
And they’re particularly concerned about the Liberal Government’s cuts to every level of the ACT’s education system.
That’s why many turned out to an education forum hosted by Shadow Assistant Minister for Education and Higher Education Amanda Rishworth and Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann overnight.
“Since toppling Tony Abbott for the top job, Malcolm Turnbull has endorsed Tony Abbott’s savage cuts to schools, universities and the vocational education sector,” Shadow Assistant Minister for Education and Higher Education Amanda Rishworth said.
“The first Abbott/Turnbull Budget inflicted savage and unfair cuts that continue to impact every student in every school in Canberra.
“Making matters worse; Malcolm Turnbull has recently announced his plan to delay by 12 months his plan for $100,000 university degrees.
“Canberrans will take little comfort from the news that Malcolm Turnbull still believes in university deregulation and $100,000 degrees, the 12 month delay is little more than a PR exercise.
“Malcolm Turnbull should abandon his plan to saddle Australian university students with $100,000 degrees, and work with Labor and our positive plan for Australian education”.
Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, said the Canberra community is outraged the Abbott/Turnbull Government has ripped millions of dollars from our schools and universities.
“Canberrans from all walks of life were keen to hear about Labor’s positive plan for education and preparing our young people to create and fill the innovative jobs of the future.
“Canberrans understand that education should be seen as an investment in the future of our young people, not a cost.”
Unlike the Abbott/Turnbull plan for cuts and broken promises, Labor has a positive plan that will reinvigorate education in Australia and help our young people prepare for the jobs of the future, including:
- Coding in every primary school and every secondary school across Australia;
- Increasing the number of university students completing their study by 20,000 graduates a year from 2020;
- Introducing a new Student Funding Guarantee to remove the need for higher fees and a lifetime of debt;
- Investing $31 million to boost the quality of teaching and resources in our universities;
- Delivering more information for parents and students so they can make good decisions about university; and
- Wiping student debt for up to 100,000 young people who graduate from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at university, especially women.