Senate debates

Thursday, 13 February 2020


Higher Education

12:15 pm

Photo of Mehreen FaruqiMehreen Faruqi (NSW, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

  (i) everyone has a right to education, whether you are leaving school, changing careers, retraining later in life or looking to gain new skills and knowledge,

  (ii) more than a million students will commence at, or return to, public universities and TAFEs around Australia this month,

  (iii) access to a world-class education shouldn't require going into large debts, but the average graduate today is saddled with more than $22,000 in study debt, and

  (iv) a student graduating in 2020 will take a decade on average to repay their study loans just as they are starting out in life; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to make TAFE and university free.

Photo of Scott RyanScott Ryan (President) Share this | | Hansard source

The question is that motion No. 458, moved by Senator Faruqi, be agreed to.