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representatives vote 2017-09-13#3

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on 2017-09-17 13:37:29

Title

  • Bills — Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (A More Sustainable, Responsive and Transparent Higher Education System) Bill 2017; Second Reading
  • Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (A More Sustainable, Responsive and Transparent Higher Education System) Bill 2017 - Second Reading - Disagree with bill

Description

  • <p class="motion-notice motion-notice-notext">No motion text available</p>
  • The majority voted against a motion that asked the House to disagree with the main idea of the [bill](http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id:legislation/billhome/r5869). In parliamentary jargon, they voted against a motion to *"declin[e] to give the bill a [second reading](https://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/making-a-law.html)"*.
  • ### Motion text
  • > *That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:*
  • > *"the House declines to give the bill a second reading because this bill:*
  • >> *(1) cuts university funding by nearly $4 billion;*
  • >> *(2) hits students with higher fees;*
  • >> *(3) saddles students with bigger debts which they will have to pay back at the same time as they are trying to buy a house or start a family;*
  • >> *(4) compromises teaching and learning, and undermines research; and*
  • >> *(5) slashes investment in universities at a time when the Government should be investing in both universities and TAFEs in order to guarantee a strong and productive economy". *
  • ### What is the bill's main idea?
  • The bill makes changes to the way higher education funding works. For example, the bill proposes to:
  • * reduce Commonwealth funding of tuition costs for undergraduate courses at universities through increasing the student contribution towards these costs, and reducing the funding universities receive to cover these costs; and
  • * make changes so that those in the workforce will commence repayment at much lower income levels and at higher rates.
  • The bill also proposes to change arrangements for permanent residents and New Zealand citizens by:
  • > *extending access to HELP loans to students in this situation, but at the same time removing access to CSPs [Commonwealth Supported Places] ... [so they will] effectively be treated the same as domestic full-fee paying students.*
  • Find out more about the bill in its [bills digest](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd1617a/17bd121).