University of Queensland
This year’s Bluestocking Week theme is ‘Crossing the Line’. How could it be otherwise? The line has been crossed already, not by us but by the Abbott Coalition Government and their advocates and supporters, who are seeking to wind back the clock as they actively attack pro-women and feminist policies and perspectives. We cannot stand on the sideline, but have to cross the line ourselves.
Last year, we focused on what the future may hold as it looked like the outcome of the federal election would be a neo-conservative Coalition Government.
The National Union of Students (NUS) announced early last year that ‘Our bluestockings are on the line.’ NTEU responded in August arguing that we must ‘hold the line’, defending equity and accessibility in universities, highlighting the value of education in a progressive society, and underlining the need to maintain a quality higher education sector through appropriate levels of public
Polling commissioned by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) shows that 70% of Australians oppose university fee increases for students and that higher education reforms are one of the most unpopular measures in the budget.
The figures confirm that the community are angry about the broken election commitment not to alter university funding arrangements, as well as policies that would see students from poorer backgrounds locked out of quality education.
“These are budget measures that Christopher Pyne and the Government kept secret before the election for a reason,” said Jeannie Rea, NTEU National
NTEU has produced a set of slides for members which summarise the Government's Budget plans for higher education and research.
It is a long document that has developed since the Budget announcements as the NTEU analyses have been rolling out and we have been talking with members on campuses.
Members are welcome to use the file to communicate about the Budget, but please attribute to NTEU. The slide set will continue to be
Mid-year university enrolment is now open. Year 12 students are about to fill out tertiary education preferences. But what fees will they be paying come 2016 and what will they have to pay in interest on a HELP loan?
These are the questions tens of thousands of Australian families are asking. Over the weekend there were several media reports of Year 12 students expressing their concerns about the extreme rise in the cost of undertaking a university degree if the Abbott Government’s higher education Budget changes are adopted by
2 JUNE 2014
Pyne’s “Age of Inequity” for higher education
NTEU analysis released today shows the Government’s proposed changes to higher education funding and ...
NTEU Media Release
NTEU analysis released today shows that the Abbott Government is shifting debt and costs away from the government and onto students.
Crucially, it shows that the level of debt students will owe the government will exceed the Australian government’s net debt sometime in the early 2020s as a result of their higher education changes.
NTEU National President, Jeannie Rea said this was cost shifting on a grand
NTEU research released today shows the impact increased university fees will have on students.
The research also includes predictions of how far fees will rise under the new arrangements as ...