Agreeathon on the high cost of HELP

Greens senator, Mehreen Faruqi (NSW) reports “overwhelming support” in submissions to the Senate committee inquiry into her bill to end CPI indexation of HELP student loans and lift the repayment threshold (CMM March 13)

The Education and Employment Legislation Committee may well hear a bunch more support at its hearing in Sydney today.

There are witnesses representing student groups, plus university lobbies, the National Tertiary Education Union and academics’ ginger group, Public Universities Australia.

Officers from the Department of Education and the Australian Taxation Office are also scheduled to appear – presumably they drew the short straws.