Help stop university funding cuts
Labor just announced university funding cuts of $2.3 billion, quickly backed up by Tony Abbott’s Coalition – but cutting universities to fund schools doesn’t add up.
Sign our petition to show new Higher Education Minister Craig Emerson you want to stop these cuts and fund schools by fixing the mining tax instead.
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Dear Minister Emerson,
I support well-funded world class universities. As a wealthy country, Australia can afford to prioritise strong investment in public education from early childhood to university.
Your decision to cut $2.3 billion from university funding, which follows a $1 billion budget cut last year, will put further pressure on universities to find cost savings like cutting academic jobs and increasing class sizes.
Increasing schools funding by cutting university funding is poor public policy – it just doesn’t add up.
Billionaire mining companies can afford to pay their fair share through a stronger mining tax. That’s a much better way to fund investment in our schools.
I ask you to restore the recent $2.3 billion cuts to universities in the 14 May Budget, guarantee secure ongoing funding for our universities, and fully fund the Gonski school reforms by fixing the mining tax.