Labor’s Tanya Plibersek yesterday joined the denounceathon of the government’s freeze of UG student places, tweeting; “data released today shows that 10,000 people will miss out on a uni place this year because of Malcolm Turnbull’s $2.2 billion of cuts. This is a cruel blow to the thousands of Year 12 graduates who studied so hard to get into uni.” Her parliamentary colleagues Catherine King and Terri Butler made the same point.
Not quite. Universities Australia estimates universities will enrol 9 500 students whose places will not be federally funded, due to the government’s freeze on places. But while we are here CMM wonders whether Labor will restore demand driven funding in government, thus ensuring there are no more “cruel blows” after the election.