Higher education cuts high on Government’s agenda

The federal government has released its draft legislative program for the first Senate sitting, with the higher education cuts as the second item on the agenda. The plan to cut $2.3 billion from higher education was announced last year, and is clearly a high priority for the new government in 2014.

The President of the National Union of Students (NUS), Deanna Taylor, said that “Students were aware of the government’s plans for their education, but it is shocking to see this legislation so high on their agenda”. NUS has called a National Day of Action for March 26th, to protest the funding cuts.

As part of this legislation, it is also planned for start-up scholarships to be converted into loans, hurting the worst off of university students. Melbourne University alone stands to lose $52 million from the funding cuts.