UNIVERSITY GRADUATE UNEMPLOYMENT ON THE RISE WHILE PYNE BUSIES HIMSELF WITH MEMOIRS AND BROKEN IDEOLOGY
With the return of Parliament this week, Christopher Pyne has vowed to once again put his failed plan for $100,000 university degrees before the parliament for a third time.
Instead of wasting their time trying to convince the Australian people that their plan for $100,000 degrees is good for students, Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne should instead be focused on improving employment outcomes for Australia’s university graduates.
The focus on Australia's skills shortage is no doubt a serious challenge for our nation’s industries. For years governments, both State and Federal, have invested billions of dollars into higher and vocational education to address this shortage. However, to get the best return on this investment in skills, we need to ensure that those entering the workforce, transitioning or changing careers have access to the best possible advice and information on what career to pursue and the pathway to get there.
WOMEN WILL PAY A HIGHER PRICE FOR THE GOVERNMENT'S HIGHER EDUCATION CUTS
While Federal Government changes to our Higher Education System will deter some from going to university, for others the greatest impact will be the significant increase in student debt.
The Government's plans to apply real compounding interest rates to student debt through the HECS/HELP scheme will result in women paying a greater price for their higher education.
Under the Abbott Government's proposals, many women will accumulate greater amounts of overall debt for their university degree and will be paying it off for longer than their male colleagues.
This is because women in many professions still earn a lower salary than men and often have periods out of the workforce to raise a child, which means they will take longer to pay off their student debt.
In its desire to get students to shoulder a greater burden of the cost of higher education, the Federal Government is not only cutting funding to universities and forcing them to pass on greater costs to students, but for the first time applying interest rates to HECS/HELP debt. Read More.
MOST of us take for granted that we are able to do simple things such as visit friends, go to a movie or enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the local park. Most of us would probably also agree that undertaking training and education and getting a job we enjoy are reasonable aspirations. But for many Australians with a disability, there are barriers in our society that curb opportunities to fully participate in activities such as these. Read More.
BULLYING in schools has attracted considerable attention but bullying is not confined to childhood experience in the schoolyard.
Bullying is perpetrated by adults in the workplace and can have devastating consequences for the individuals who are targeted and, more broadly, for our society.