Staff and students protest Coalition’s Budget burden shift

Higher education staff and students protested the federal Coalition’s plans to further burden universities and students outside a Malcolm Turnbull speech event last week at Brisbane’s Convention Centre.

At least 100 protestors from staff and student unions called on the Coalition to “Make Education Free Again”.

Protest organisers say the 2017-18 Budget has cut more than $3 billion from university funding.

National Tertiary Education Union state secretary Michael McNally told the crowd that it was “like GroundHog Day” as the federal Coalition renewed its attack on university funding.

He warned that the higher education “Efficiency Dividend” would mean more cuts to courses, classes and staff.

Student union speakers said the LNP solution to the their Budget woes is to place young Australians in exploitative “internships” and punish welfare recipients.

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