The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, join the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) to condemn the $2.8 billion funding cuts for universities and university students recently announced by the Government.
“This is an attack on tertiary education and our children’s future,” Mr Wilkie said.
He met with NTEU president, Jeannie Rea, yesterday to discuss the effect of the cuts on Australian universities and to throw his support behind the union’s campaign.
“I have told National Tertiary Education Union officials that I fully support their campaign to reinstate adequate funding to universities,” Mr Wilkie said.
“In my home state of Tasmania these cuts mean 150 job losses in a sector that is underpinning a sagging economy. Regional universities will be hit the hardest.
“I call on the Government to abandon its plans to make these brutal cuts.
“If they do not, I call on the Opposition to show they value university education in this country and join me in opposing any legislation to enable these cuts.”