Mr Abbott – Don’t Privatise Our Unis

In April 2014, a review commissioned by Education Minister Christopher Pyne called for:

- Private, for-profit institutions having the same access to government funding as public universities

- Increasing student fees to pay for new private subsidies

- Scrapping targets aimed at getting more students from disadvantaged backgrounds into uni.

The Abbott government is considering these drastic changes, which would hurt universities and students.

Dear Minister Pyne,

I support strong public universities. I oppose privatising our university system, and restricting access to university for disadvantaged students - we need to do more, not less, to help disadvantaged students get into uni.

Universities are already facing uncertainty and significant budget stress. Your government is already proposing to rip $6.4 billion out of universities over the next four years.

Giving public money to private providers is poor public policy – it just doesn’t add up.

We’ve already seen the devastating impact that unfair competition from private providers is having on TAFE. Thousands of TAFE teachers have lost their jobs, student fees have skyrocketed and TAFE campuses have been forced into mergers.

I ask you to rule out redirecting public funds to private, for-profit institutions, and reject calls to increase fees and scrap participation targets.

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