Thursday, 13 February 2020
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.