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National Day of Action: August 20!

Students have been taking a strong stand against this budget, and in particular, the toxic changes to higher education. Our protests have been massive and have received national media attention. As a result of NUS' protests and consistent campaign against the governments horror budget, along with the efforts of other peak groups like the NTEU, CAPA and CISA, Labor, the Greens and Clive Palmer have pledged their opposition to the higher education changes.

But students need to keep up the pressure.

The Abbott government's budget includes:

- uncapping university fees, leading to inevitable skyrocketing fee increases
- dropping the threshold at which graduates have to pay back their HECS debt
- savage changes to Newstart and Youth Allowance

- cutting government funding to university courses by average of 20%

- massive increases to interest on HECS debt for students past, present and future

and plenty more.

The government has made it clear they do not value the importance of a quality, accessible higher education system to Australia. Their budget measures will create an education system and a climate for young people akin to the US. It will create a system where education is inaccessible for all but the privileged, and leave those most disadvantaged starved of the opportunity to access higher education.

Come out to the demonstration in your major capital city on August 20 to tell the government: hands off our education!

Melbourne: events/1394308907456291/

Sydney: events/528094187295406/







For more information, contact National Education Officer Sarah Garnham at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on 0423 742 453.



National Day of Action: May 21

The government has made it clear they intend to massively deregulate Australia's university system, and move towards a United States-style system, which will inevitably involve fee increases.

The National Union of Students unequivocally rejects this agenda, that will see our system turn into a two-tiered, publicly underfunded and even more privatised system of higher education which leaves students worse off.

The government's agenda will fundamentally change the higher education system in this country - and NOT for the better. NUS has called a National Day of Action for May 21. The details for the central state demonstrations are below:

Melbourne details:
Sydney details:
Brisbane details:
Perth details:
Hobart details:
Canberra details:

Wherever you are across Australia, come out on May 21 and stand against the privatisation and degradation of our universities, and against increases to fees. Stand up for public investment in Australia's future.

Tell Abbott and Pyne: hands off our education!

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