TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
ANDREW GILES MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIES AND URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE
MEMBER FOR SCULLIN
PATRICK GORMAN MP
MEMBER FOR PERTH
EDITH COWAN UNIVERSITY IN PERTH CITY DEAL
A new campus for Edith Cowan University is a welcome part of the Perth City Deal.
This investment comes more than two years after the Morrison Government signed the memorandum of understanding for the Perth City Deal.
The campus will be built on the Perth City Link site that Federal Labor funded in response to the Global Financial Crisis.
A Perth CBD university is a good project but it doesn’t make up for the Liberals’ university cuts and fee hikes.
Right now, Scott Morrison is trying to make it harder and more expensive for Western Australians to go to university.
Because of Mr Morrison’s unfair university changes, many students at this new ECU campus will pay thousands of dollars more for their degrees. Fees for some students will more than double.
The Coalition have also refused to help struggling universities during COVID-19.
Scott Morrison deliberately excluded universities from accessing JobKeeper wage subsidies. As a result, more than 11,000 university staff have already lost their jobs, including many in WA - with an estimated 20,000 more jobs to go down the track.
The question is, after all of Scott Morrison’s cuts and fee hikes, how will Western Australian students afford to go to university, and who’ll be left to teach them if they can?
Infrastructure investment is always welcome, but not if it is funded by university cuts and huge increases to student fees.
The Morrison Government must now get on with the job of delivering the Perth City Deal. No more delays, no more excuses, get on with it.
SUNDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2020