Labor candidate slams LNP's higher education fees

Labor Capricornia candidate Leisa Neaton
Labor Capricornia candidate Leisa Neaton

WITH university about to start for thousands of students, the Labor candidate for Capricornia is reaffirming Labor's position against $100,000 degrees.

Leisa Neaton said nothing has changed under Malcolm Turnbull when it comes to the Liberals' plan for $100,000 degrees, stating that the Abbott-Turnbull Government is still seeking to cut university funding by 20% and deregulate undergraduate fees.

Ms Neaton said Labor has a positive plan for more graduates and sustainable university funding without $100,000 degrees.

Ms Neaton outlines how the Labor government plans to introduce a new student funding guarantee to remove the need for higher fees and a lifetime of debt and invest $31 million to boost the quality of teaching and resources in our universities.

Meanwhile, Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry says she was disappointed that Ms Neaton would use a scare campaign when it came to this issue.

"I don't want to be negative about such an important issue as higher learning," Ms Landry said.

"However, I will confirm that Malcolm Turnbull's government is providing record investment in the higher education sector this year to the tune of $16.6 billion.

"The truth is taxpayer funded student places have increased by 31% over the years, while taxpayer funding for those places has increased by 65% to match it."

Ms Landry said CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman held many meetings with various coalition education ministers about government policies for regional universities, describing opportunities for CQUniversity as "lip-smackingly" good.

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