NTEU welcomes Labor’s plan to fund new university places and TAFE, but said the sector needs a much bigger aid package to recover from the devastation inflicted by dropping out of higher education by the Morrison government during the pandemic.
NTEU National President Dr Alison Barnes said: “Additional funding is always appreciated, but if its goal is to ensure the recovery of the higher education sector and improve conditions for staff and students, it must match the scale of the destruction.
“The Morrison government could have put education at the center of the COVID recovery.
“Instead, the Prime Minister cut funding per university place, increased tuition fees, and arbitrarily excluded universities from the JobKeeper wage subsidy program.
“This has resulted in the loss of 40,000 higher education jobs across Australia, including 35,000 in public universities.
“The federal government and the opposition should look into the report from the Australia Institute‘s Center for Future Work, which earlier this year recommended a $ 3.75 billion support package to enable universities to recover lost jobs.
“The success and well-being of academics, staff and students depend on it. “
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