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Independent Member for Clark, Andrew Wilkie, recently asked Education Minister Jason Clare the following question in Question Time.

“The recent six hundred and fifty per cent increase in HECS-HELP indexation is an entirely unreasonable, indeed crippling, impost on a great many Australians; especially coming as it does so soon after the previous government’s reduction of the compulsory repayment threshold.

“Minister, education in this country was too expensive already. Will you urgently review the indexation rate and bring some soaring cost-of-living relief to the 2.9 million Australians lumbered with a HECS-HELP debt.”