Labor's Positive Plan For Universities, Not $100,000 Degrees

Students in Melbourne’s South-East will benefit from Labor’s positive plan for universities, said Member for Isaacs Mark Dreyfus.

The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP

Shadow Attorney General
Shadow Minister for the Arts
Member for Isaacs

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LABOR’S POSITIVE PLAN FOR UNIVERSITIES, NOT $100,000 DEGREES

 

Students in Melbourne’s South-East will benefit from Labor’s positive plan for universities, said Member for Isaacs Mark Dreyfus.

Labor’s positive plan for universities will mean more graduates, not $100,000 degrees, which is the investment our economy needs.

A Shorten Labor Government will invest in every student to make sure they graduate with the skills and knowledge they need for the jobs of the future, not a lifetime of debt.

“We want students in Isaacs that start university, to finish with a high quality degree, not a debt sentence,” Mr Dreyfus said.

“Not everyone wants to go to university but we know that in the future, two in every three jobs in Australia will require a university degree.”

“And the fastest growing employment sectors require skills and knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” Mr Dreyfus said.                                                                                            

Labor is concerned that the national average drop-out rate for first-year students reached 14.84 per cent in 2013, the highest since 2005.

28 per cent of students who started a degree in 2006 had not completed it after eight years, with students from low socioeconomic circumstances having even higher dropout rates.

“One of the biggest concerns parents have is what kind of job their kids are going to get down the track,” Mr Dreyfus said.

“The truth is our economy is in transition and young people must be highly skilled, highly adaptable and technology literate to compete in the world.

“That means they can’t just enrol in university, they need to complete university.

“And they must be graduates in areas of anticipated growth, with the skills employers need.

“That’s why Labor has a positive plan for more highly skilled graduates, not $100,000 degrees. This is the investment our economy needs,” Mr Dreyfus said.

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TUESDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2015