House debates

Tuesday, 1 September 2020


Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020; Third Reading

8:04 pm

Photo of Tanya PlibersekTanya Plibersek (Sydney, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Education and Training) Share this | Hansard source

It is a disgrace that those opposite, having given only six days to allow comment on the draft legislation, are trying to gag us in here tonight and have denied the opportunity for a Senate inquiry. And do you know why? It's because the dirty secret at the heart of this legislation is a billion dollar funding cut from government to universities, making it harder and more expensive for kids. Think about the kids and the way they have struggled this year to finish their schooling. Think about the remote learning in year 12 as they have been trying to prepare for their final exams Those kids have had as bad a year as you can imagine for year—


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