Senate debates

Thursday, 18 June 2015


Higher Education

12:25 pm

Photo of Claire MooreClaire Moore (Queensland, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Women) Share this | Hansard source

This motion is in a number of respects factually incorrect and misunderstands the nature of the education system. Nowhere, either in Australia or in any other country, has competition in the field of education led to lower prices. In fact, the opposite is the case. The privatisation and deregulation of child care, school education and, most recently, vocational education and training has led to higher costs for students and their families in every instance. There is no reason to think that privatisation of the university system would be any different. Australia has a strong, sustainable and diverse university system, and there is no case to undermine it. Labor does not support this motion.


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