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To: Crossbench Members of the Australian Senate

Bury the Bill - Stop Government Changes to Student Debt

Reject the Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (Student Loan Sustainability) Bill 2018 in Parliament.

This proposed legislation will compromise access to Higher Education and burden disadvantaged Australians with further debt.

Why is this important?

The National Union of Students and the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations represent over 1.4 million students and are deeply concerned about this proposed legislation.

This legislation would see the repayment threshold for student debt lowered to $45,000. This unfairly targets lower income earners and therefore disproportionately impacts women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and graduates.

This proposed bill would also create a lifetime student debt cap of $104k as we move into a future workforce where graduates will be expected to retrain or further specialise multiple times throughout their working life.

We need to be preparing our generation for a lifetime of learning. The proposed legislation is shortsighted, and will fail to address escalating student debt.

Help us #BuryTheBill and contact a member of the crossbench.

How it will be delivered

This petition will be presented the following crossbench members of the Australian Senate:
Rex Patrick, Stirling Griff, Timothy Storer, Fraser Anning, Derryn Hinch, Peter Georgiou & Steve Martin.


Reasons for signing

  • For many, postgraduate education holds the key to qualifying for a profession in which they will end up giving back to the government and community in huge ways, both through the higher skills they’ll exercise and the tax they’ll pay. This is absolutely the case for me as a medical student. Please consider the long-term consequences of disincentivising practical, valuable education and training.
  • I am wanting to do a degree in psychology with a major in social work so I can work with and help improve the lives of troubled/at risk young people. These changes would make that impossible for me
  • For the future of the students


2018-04-07 15:28:27 +1000

1,000 signatures reached

2018-03-28 17:55:16 +1100

500 signatures reached

2018-03-16 00:33:22 +1100

100 signatures reached

2018-03-14 19:38:33 +1100

50 signatures reached

2018-03-13 20:03:17 +1100

25 signatures reached

2018-03-13 08:48:34 +1100

10 signatures reached