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No uni fee hikes - save the humanities!

The National Union of Students are organising an emergency protest on Friday 26 June to protest the federal government’s decision to bring in sweeping changes to higher education funding which will increase fees for courses in humanities, law and commerce.

 

The details for Friday’s rally are below:
SYD: Emergency Student Protest - Stop Fee Hikes, Stop Cuts

1pm Friday June 26

Sydney Town Hall

 

Facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/583399925946838/


The proposed new funding arrangements will see the cost of humanities and communications courses more than double – increasing by 113% to $14,500 a year. A three year arts degree will now cost approximately $45,000.

 

Law, economics, management and commerce degrees will cost around 28 per cent more. Students could be charged up to $72,500 for a 5 year degree such as law.

 

This is the biggest attack on universities in decades and will lock poor students out of learning what they want.

 

Sign the petition “No Uni fee hikes! Save the humanities!”

 

The increases prioritises ‘economically profitable’ degrees, while decreasing the accessibility of degrees designed to encourage critical thinking about society. The IEU strongly supports the position that education should not be subordinate to the needs of industry.

 

As a union representing teachers and support staff primary and secondary schools, we collectively reiterate our strong support for and value of the importance of a wide and holistic education, and express our commitment and love for education and life long learning.

 

The National Union of Students has stated that: “The government thinks the only point of going to university is to get a job. They want a US-style education system, where the super-rich can study easily, and everybody else is in debt forever.

 

“We reject a two-tiered fee system that attempts to force students into studying what the government deems more adequate. Students should have the right to study what they want.

 

“Cost should never be a barrier when deciding what to study at university, or even if you want to study at all. We need free, fully funded public education, not a user pay model that prioritises particular disciplines or degrees.

 

“We think education should be for all, not just the rich, and people should be able to learn what they want, for whatever reason.”

 

Student and trade union solidarity is crucial in stopping these dangerous and anti-intellectual cuts.

 

The National Union of Students is calling on supporters to get out on the streets for an emergency protest this Friday.

 

The details for Friday’s rally are below:
SYD: Emergency Student Protest - Stop Fee Hikes, Stop Cuts

1pm Friday June 26

Sydney Town Hall

 

Facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/583399925946838/

 

You can also add your name to this urgent petition, and we encourage IEU members to circulate this message widely within your own circles, to let the federal government know that Australians support the right to access to higher education, and call on the government to stop the uni fee hikes and save the humanities.

 

https://tinyurl.com/y7nl9u33