Media Release - 6th March 2014
The National Union of Students welcomes the Senate removing parts of the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill that would see Student Start-Up Scholarships turned into loans. NUS National President Deanna Taylor said that this was a great win for students who have been campaigning against the Federal Governments’ proposed $2.3 billion higher education cuts, of which this plan was a part.
“That the Senate has now rejected turning Student Start-Up Scholarships into loans represents a victory for students,” said Deanna Taylor.
“Students faced choosing between being burdened with thousands of dollars more debt or struggling to pay for basic study expenses under the original legislation. We look forward to seeing this move repeated in the House of Representatives.”
Deanna Taylor noted that the $900 million of cuts to university funding were still on the cards. “Students will continue to oppose the $900 million cuts to university funding, and will make this loud and clear at demonstrations on the National Day of Action on March 26.”