Senate debates

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Questions without Notice

International Education Industry

2:32 pm

Photo of Brett MasonBrett Mason (Queensland, Liberal Party, Shadow Minister for Universities and Research) Share this | Hansard source

Mr President, my question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Senator Lundy. I refer the minister to revelations that the government plans to cut its education counsellor posts in Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, who all play an integral role in promoting Australia's $15 billion per year international education industry. Given the government's decision comes after already presiding over a $2½ billion decline in Australia's international education industry since 2009, why is the government causing even further damage to one of Australia's largest service export industries?


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