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NUS protests against Govt's proposed funding cuts, National Day of Action tomorrow

Posted 16 April 2013 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

The National Union of Students will be organising against the Government’s proposed $2.3 billion cuts to higher education, beginning with a National Day of Action tomorrow (Wed 17 April).

Students across the country will run snap actions on university campuses from tomorrow, with others to continue later in the week.

“Higher education has been treated as an easy target and students have been extremely angry that the government has decided to fund the Gonski reforms by taking $2.3 billion from higher education, which is also in dire need of further funding,” said National Union of Students President Jade Tyrrell.

“The announcement the government has placed a huge shadow over crucial improvements needed for schools, and the impact on university students is immeasurable. 

“Because of the magnitude of the announcement and the unfortunate but inextricable link the government has created between the Gonski reforms and higher education, students are extremely aware of these proposed changes and we are very concerned the conversion of Start-Up Scholarships will act as a disincentive for these students to attend university.

“It is important for students to not only voice their outrage at the proposed changes, but awareness needs to be raised about the potential impact of these announcements on the quality of education and student debt levels,” said Ms Tyrrell.  

“Overwhelmingly, the majority of students do not accept the Government announcements over the weekend because it means almost every student will feel the impact of the strain placed on universities, as well as the reduced support for the upfront cost of learning,” said Ms Tyrrell.

“The government started extremely well by providing greater access, but funding per student desperately needs to improve to respond to the increase in numbers.

“With this government’s announcement and the Coalition poised not to reverse anything announced or to potentially go further, I believe these changes could ultimately be used to argue for greater student contributions through the deregulation of fees, which would be absolutely devastating for students and the university system,” said Ms Tyrrell. 

For further comment, details of snap actions and radio or TV interview opportunities please contact National President Jade Tyrrell on 0411 606 808.

National Day of Action and snap actions

MELBOURNE

Tuesday 16 April:

- Monash University Clayton: Speak out and BBQ on Menzies Lawn 12-2pm

Wednesday 17 April: NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

- 2pm Public Meeting RMIT University, Swanston Street, City. NTEU President speaking.

- Latrobe University Bundoora, Gather 11.00 Agora and travel to RMIT

- Melbourne University, Assemble South Lawn 1.30 and March to RMIT

- Swinburne University Hawthorn, meet at Atrium 1.00pm and travel to RMIT

SYDNEY

Wednesday 17 April: NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION:

-UNSW Rally at 12.30 followed by UTS Rally at 2pm and Speakout with National President Jade Tyrrell and NSW NTEU representative.

CANBERRA

Wednesday 17 April NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

- 12.30-1.30pm at ANU Union Court 

ADELAIDE

Wednesday 17 April NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION:

- University of Adelaide North Tce Campus, Bonython Hall lawn, Rally at Noon.

PERTH

Thursday 18 April NTEU and NUS joint protest with the State School Teachers Union. Seeking support of other unions. Location TBA.

BRISBANE

Tuesday 23 April

- Rally at Brisbane Square followed by action at Minister for Tertiary Education Dr Craig Emerson’s office.

HOBART 

Wednesday 17 April: NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

- 12:30pm – 2pm UTAS Sandy Bay campus – speak out

- 12:30pm – 2pm UTAS Burnie campus (NW Tasmania) – stall and speakers from Tasmania University Union and NTEU.

NOTHERN TERRITORY TBC

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