Splitting the difference

The Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (Student Loan Sustainability) Bill 2018 was in the Senate yesterday with Senator Derryn Hinch proposing an amendment to increase the repayment threshold from $44,999 to $50 000. Perhaps in the interests of balance Senator Pauline Hanson offered an alternative, reducing the starting income for repayments to $29 999. Even if they split the difference graduates are better off with the government’s proposal. But nothing will happen now until the Budget session, the Senate ran out of time before it got to the bill.


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