A billion dollars a year for 900 fewer tertiary students
A billion dollars a year for 900 fewer tertiary students.
17 MAY 2018
Treasury has ripped off the
political veil and exposed the Prime Minister’s flagship
‘free’ tertiary education policy with Budget showing
that the numbers in tertiary education set to decline by 900
in the 2018/19 year.
Taxpayers’ Union Executive
Director, Jordan Williams, says:
“The whole reason
the Prime Minister pushed ahead with the billion dollar
policy was apparently to increase the numbers accessing
tertiary education. That was seen as more important than
various other pre-election commitments which were pushed
“The Government wants to spend $1.2
billion a year – $694 per household – on free tertiary
fees and the projected impact is 900 fewer students. Is this
possibly the most wasteful policy ever?”
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