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representatives vote 2014-09-04#2

Edited by mackay

on 2015-01-30 09:33:16

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  • The majority agree with the main idea of the bill (in parliamentary jargon, they agreed to give the bill a [second reading](http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/making-a-law.html)). This means the Members of Parliament (MPs) can now discuss it in more detail.
  • ### Main idea of the bill
  • The [main idea](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1415a/15bd033#_Toc400524800) of the bill is to introduce broad ranging changes to the higher education sector, including deregulating fees for [Commonwealth Supported Places](http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/helppayingmyfees/csps/pages/commonwealth-supported-places) (CSPs) at universities.
  • The [main idea](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1415a/15bd033#_Toc400524800) of the bill is to introduce broad ranging changes to the higher education sector, including the three changes mentioned below.
  • ### Deregulating university fees
  • #### 1. Deregulating university fees
  • One of the most controversial aspects of the bill is that it will remove any restrictions on the amount that universities can charge students for tuition in [Commonwealth Supported Places](http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/helppayingmyfees/csps/pages/commonwealth-supported-places). It is not known how much tuition fees would rise if this bill is passed and becomes law (read more in the [bills digest](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1415a/15bd033)).
  • One of the most controversial aspects of the bill is that it will remove any restrictions on the amount that universities can charge students for tuition in [Commonwealth Supported Places](http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/helppayingmyfees/csps/pages/commonwealth-supported-places) (CSPs). It is not known [how much tuition fees would rise](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1415a/15bd033) if this bill is passed and becomes law (read more in the [bills digest](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1415a/15bd033)).
  • #### 2. Indexing HECS-HELP debt by ten year bond rate
  • The bill will also introduce new [indexation](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indexation) arrangements for [Higher Education Loan Programme](http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/helppayingmyfees/hecs-help/pages/hecs-help-welcome) (HELP) debts (also known as HECS-HELP debts). Currently, these debts are indexed by the [Consumer Price Index](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumer_price_index) (CPI). The bill proposes to index them by the generally higher [ten year bond rate](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1415a/15bd033), with a cap at 6%.
  • #### 3. Charging fees for postgraduate research degrees
  • Currently, postgraduate students in research degrees don't have to pay any tuition costs. The bill will allow universities to [charge these students fees](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1415a/15bd033) of up to $3,900 per unit for high-cost courses and $1,700 for low-cost courses.
  • ### Background to the bill
  • As part of its [2014-15 Budget](http://www.budget.gov.au/2014-15/content/bp2/html/bp2_expense-09.htm), Prime Minister [Tony Abbott](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/representatives/warringah/tony_abbott)'s Government has announced a series of changes to government funding arrangements and this bill is part of those changes (read more in the [bills digest](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1415a/15bd033)).
representatives vote 2014-09-04#2

Edited by mackay

on 2015-01-23 12:40:07

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Description

  • The majority agree with the main idea of the bill (in parliamentary jargon, they agreed to give the bill a [second reading](http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/making-a-law.html)). This means the Members of Parliament (MPs) can now discuss it in more detail.
  • ### Main idea of the bill
  • The [main idea](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1415a/15bd033#_Toc400524800) of the bill is to introduce broad ranging changes to the higher education sector, including deregulating fees for [Commonwealth Supported Places](http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/helppayingmyfees/csps/pages/commonwealth-supported-places) (CSPs) at universities.
  • ### Deregulating university fees
  • One of the most controversial aspects of the bill is that it will remove any restrictions on the amount that universities can charge students for tuition in [Commonwealth Supported Places](http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/helppayingmyfees/csps/pages/commonwealth-supported-places). It is not known how much tuition fees would rise if this bill is passed and becomes law (read more in the [bills digest](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1415a/15bd033)).
  • ### Background to the bill
  • As part of its [2014-15 Budget](http://www.budget.gov.au/2014-15/content/bp2/html/bp2_expense-09.htm), Prime Minister [Tony Abbott](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/representatives/warringah/tony_abbott)'s Government has announced a series of changes to government funding arrangements and this bill is part of those changes (read more in the [bills digest](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1415a/15bd033)).
representatives vote 2014-09-04#2

Edited by mackay

on 2015-01-23 12:38:29

Title

Description

  • The majority agree with the main idea of the bill (in parliamentary jargon, they agreed to give the bill a [second reading](http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/making-a-law.html)). This means the Members of Parliament (MPs) can now discuss it in more detail.
  • The [main idea](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1415a/15bd033#_Toc400524800) of the bill is to introduce broad ranging changes to the higher education sector, including deregulating undergraduate tuition fees.
  • The [main idea](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1415a/15bd033#_Toc400524800) of the bill is to introduce broad ranging changes to the higher education sector, including deregulating fees for [Commonwealth Supported Places](http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/helppayingmyfees/csps/pages/commonwealth-supported-places) (CSPs) at universities.
  • ### Deregulating university fees
  • One of the most controversial aspects of the bill is that it will remove any restrictions on the amount that universities can charge students for tuition in [Commonwealth Supported Places](http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/helppayingmyfees/csps/pages/commonwealth-supported-places). It is not known how much tuition fees would rise if this bill is passed and becomes law (read more in the [bills digest](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1415a/15bd033)).
  • ### Background to the bill
  • As part of its [2014-15 Budget](http://www.budget.gov.au/2014-15/content/bp2/html/bp2_expense-09.htm), Prime Minister [Tony Abbott](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/representatives/warringah/tony_abbott)'s Government has announced a series of changes to government funding arrangements and this bill is part of those changes (read more in the [bills digest](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1415a/15bd033)).
representatives vote 2014-09-04#2

Edited by mackay

on 2014-12-03 09:49:26

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  • Bills — Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014; Second Reading
  • Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 - Second Reading - Agree with the main idea of the bill

Description

  • <p class="speaker">Bronwyn Bishop</p>
  • <p>The question now is that the bill be read a second time.</p>
  • <p>Bill read a second time.</p>
  • The majority agree with the main idea of the bill (in parliamentary jargon, they agreed to give the bill a [second reading](http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/making-a-law.html)). This means the Members of Parliament (MPs) can now discuss it in more detail.
  • The [main idea](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1415a/15bd033#_Toc400524800) of the bill is to introduce broad ranging changes to the higher education sector, including deregulating undergraduate tuition fees.
  • ### Background to the bill
  • As part of its [2014-15 Budget](http://www.budget.gov.au/2014-15/content/bp2/html/bp2_expense-09.htm), Prime Minister [Tony Abbott](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/representatives/warringah/tony_abbott)'s Government has announced a series of changes to government funding arrangements and this bill is part of those changes (read more in the [bills digest](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1415a/15bd033)).
  • <p>Message from the Governor-General was announced recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the bill.</p>