The national “information campaign” on a new university funding system began yesterday but was authorised on November 25 — a week before those changes were rejected by Parliament.
PUP Senator Glenn Lazarus called the campaign underhanded and independent Nick Xenophon told ABC radio the ads should be withdrawn.
“This is not the law of the land. This is effectively party political advertising paid for by taxpayers, and that’s wrong,” said Senator Xenophon, who is sending an inquiry to the Auditor General.
Education Minister Pyne has yet to respond.
Last Tuesday the Senate rejected government legislation to deregulate university fee charging and cut university funding.
In early October the government had commissioned market research and radio, TV, and social media advertisements promoting the proposed changes, news.com.au revealed last Thursday.
On November 25 Education Department secretary Lisa Paul had signed off on what was called “the 2014 Higher Education Reforms Communication Campaign”. These were the ads which began yesterday.
They would also “provide information on government programs or services or revisions to programs or services to which the public are entitled”.
Critics are pointing out the changes the ads are explaining haven’t been approved by Parliament and a second attempt to have them passed won’t be debated until February at the earliest.
Labor is challenging as “false and misleading” claims in the ads including the statement the government will continue to pay half of a student’s university fees.
Ms Bird said in a statement that only two universities had publicly advised what their fees will be if the Government’s unfair package passes the parliament.
“Under the University of Western Australia’s announced fee structure, Commerce students will pay almost 90 per cent of the cost of their degrees, Arts students will pay almost 74 per cent and even Science students will pay more than 57 per cent.”
news.com.au 9 Dec 2014
More false information emanating from a corporation conglomerate called the 'government'.
Australia is run by fascist rule bordering on Nazi occupied Germany policies, a fact that could be labelled by the corporate media as a 'conspiracy theory'.
Educated people are the 'enemy' of every government.