Statement on University Fee Hike.
Friday 19th June 2020
The Young Fabians are deeply concerned about the proposed announcement to increase University fees by up to 113%, resulting in Arts degrees that could cost $43,000.
Fee increases for Law, Commerce and the Humanities will be imposed on students, while other courses fees will be reduced.
It must be acknowledged that humanities courses contribute immensely to our economy- 6.4% of GDP.
Humanities graduates are crucial, as they give us knowledge to help create a more just and equitable society. They require critical thinking and the ability to analyse and synthesise learned material- essential employment skills in the 21st century global economy.
This move will only further entrench educational inequity at a time where students are doing it tough.
University education should be accessible to all young Australians, regardless of their economic background.
The Government hasn’t done enough to support universities, as we fund tertiary education at 40% of the OECD average.
The Federal Government should be supporting universities, not drowning them with more fees.
The Young Fabians supports all activist organisations in their efforts to reverse these changes, as studying should not be a debt sentence.
The Young Fabians call on the Education Minister to reconsider their decision.