Low and Middle Income Australians Hurt by Uni Cuts

09 February 2018

With Tanya Plibersek MP

New analysis has revealed that low and middle income areas of Australia will be hurt most by Malcolm Turnbull’s $2.2 billion of uni cuts.

Western Sydney, Western and outer Melbourne, and outer metro Brisbane and Perth are hit particularly hard.

Because the former Labor Government uncapped uni places, those areas have seen huge increases in the number of students going to uni. 

But that growth will be stopped in its tracks because Mr Turnbull’s cuts have effectively reintroduced a cap on the number of uni places - taking us back to the bad old days of John Howard. 

Labor’s opened the door to uni for hundreds of thousands more Australians, but Malcolm Turnbull has slammed that door shut. 

It’s estimated that around 10,000 people could miss out on a uni place this year because of Mr Turnbull’s cuts.

Some of these Australians would be the first in their family to go to uni, and instead of supporting them, the Liberals are locking them out.   

This is an especially cruel blow to the many Year 12 graduates who studied so hard to get into uni. There are reports today of some universities already turning away students and cutting programs.

Everything Mr Turnbull does puts uni further out of reach.

What makes this even worse is that Malcolm Turnbull is ripping funding away from students to pay for tax cuts for multinationals and millionaires.

What kind of Prime Minister wants to make it easier for big business to pay less tax, but harder to for people to go to uni?

Mr Turnbull’s priorities are all wrong.