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To: Senator Simon Birmingham
SAY NO TO FLAGSHIP COURSES! Tell Turnbull to put an end to university fee deregulation
The National Union of Students calls the Federal Government to end their plans to deregulate fees and to drop their plans to bring in Flagship Courses that will see some degrees skyrocket in cost and recieve extra funding, creating a two tiered higher education sector.
Malcolm Turnbull and Simon Birmingham need to commit to keeping all degrees accessible and to end the possibility of $100,000 degrees.
Why is this important?
Over 70% of Australians are against fee deregulation, due to concerns it will shackle students with a lifetime of debt and stop marginalised Australians from accessing quality education. Despite this, the Government has still not listened and want to try bring in Fee Deregulation through the back door.
The Flagship course program will allow Universities to charge fully deregulated fees for 20% of the courses they offer. This will see some students priced out of their degree of choice and see some degrees having significantly more funding than others. The only thing that should determine what you are studying is your marks, not your bank balance.
The flagship course program is in conjunction with a $2 Billion cut in Federal funding, which takes Australia further back than it already is when it comes to higher education funding. In the OECD, Australia is ranked 33rd out of the 34 countries in higher education funding, and we spend 0.7% of our GDP on higher education, as opposed to the OECD average of 1.1%. Simon Birmingham is only pulling Australia further out of step with the world.
Tell the Government to scrap their plans for Flagship courses and sign this petition!
NUS National Education Officer