In a statement from the Group of Eight –a coalition of Australian universities, of which RMIT is not a part– Chief Executive, Vicki Thomson said Pyne’s changes were crucial to protect higher education and the welfare of students.
“The fact is there are now no impediments to passing this legislation and the refusal to do so will have long-lasting repercussions for students, and the Australian economy,” said Thomson.
Since last year’s budget, the Abbott Government has been pushing for changes to higher education to allow university’s to set their own fees and have students absorb a larger percentage of the cost onto their HECS debt.
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