Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


MMP Delivers Real Student Choice Tomorrow

Date: 26 July 2002

MMP Delivers Real Student Choice Tomorrow

The President of the Aotearoa Tertiary Students' Association (ATSA), Julie Pettett, today observed that, "tomorrow's general election offers tertiary students and their families real choice in voting for the party they believe best meets their educational needs."

For the first time in its sorry history, there is common acceptance across the political spectrum that the Student Loan Scheme has generated unsustainable student debt, and that something must be done to defuse it.

ATSA applauds all the parties in at last seeing the reality of five billion dollars of student debt. "Some parties have the courage to offer policies that will wipe out debt, while some are approaching the problem in a more conservative manner." Pettett stated. "What is heartening is that, without exception, all have finally recognised that the Student Loan Scheme is a flawed vehicle for delivering educational opportunities to students."

The political options students have tomorrow is welcome recognition that the campaigns, submissions and consistent arguments of the Aotearoa Tertiary Students' Association (ATSA) and the New Zealand University Students' Association (NZUSA) are at last producing real benefits for all tertiary students. "The range of choices we have tomorrow is both a validation of our arguments, and a justification for our existence as strong, representative voices for students," Pettett concluded. "We look forward to meeting with the next government to ensure they deliver on their promises."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>


United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>


Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election