Coalition roasted following youth and uni slashes
May 26, 2016 2492 Views

Coalition roasted following youth and uni slashes

BY ZAC LOWE

Twitter users have lambasted the Coalition following budget cuts to education and healthcare.

A proposed new Youth Jobs Path program, which was designed to provide training and employment opportunities for youths under 25 years old who are currently relying on employment benefits, has been particularly unpopular.

Polls showed that the proposal had led 61 per cent of voters between the age of 18-24 less likely to vote liberal.

Pundits took to Twitter to voice their dissent.

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Dissatisfaction with the proposed youth program has been exacerbated by continued, unspecified cuts to universities across Australia. The government expects to save $2 billion from the Higher Education Reform package which was proposed by the Abbott government in 2014.

Although the reform was postponed under Turnbull’s leadership, the government has included a ‘further consultation required’ clause, implying that it is still very much under consideration.

When Tony Abbott proposed the reform, which would essentially have deregulated university fees, he was greeted by scathing criticism, and although the Turnbull government’s budget ruled out complete deregulation it left the door open for uncapped fees in varying courses.

The only respite for university students is that the government has deferred a decision on the issue until 2018, however that does not seem to have lessened the blow Turnbull has taken in light of the announcement.

Many Australian students fear the gradual deregulation of fees will lead to a situation similar to that of the United States, whose college students are gradually sinking under their growing financial woes.

In 1992, the average debt of a US college student post-graduation was $10 000. In 2016, it had risen to roughly $35 000, tripling in two and a half decades. The same sort of increase in Australia could prove disastrous, particularly when coupled with the current youth unemployment rate which is more than double that of the rest of the population.

This combination could increase the strain on the economy, leading to fewer available jobs and more young, capable workers potentially relying on government funding to escape university-induced debt.

 

 

 

 

 

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