Commonwealth Master Plan for Higher EducationAustralians have always expected their country to be a place where they could find a fair go, getting ahead with their families. The first step in getting a fair go in ensuring Australians have access to high quality higher education, whether it be through universities, community college or technical colleges. For too long, Australians have found getting a degree massively unaffordable, saddling students with nearly $80,000 of debt before they have a shot at getting the high wage jobs that they trained for in university. That ends with the Commonwealth Master Plan for Higher Education. With the Clinton Government's plan for higher education, we enter a new contract with the youth of Australia. We will guarantee each student currently in university that they will have a place at our nation's institutions as long as they have the dreams to achieve.The Hon. Tanya Plibersek, MPDeputy Prime Minister, Minister for EducationThe Hon. Simon Crean, MPMinister for Business, Science, Innovation and SkillsThree Systems for Higher EducationWe will reorganise the current universities and technical colleges into three unified systems:The University of Australia system. For students who are in the top 10% of all high school and secondary college students in year 12 on the ATAR, finishing SSCE's, they gain automatic access to the University of Australia schools. They are:The University of Australia, SydneyThe University of Australia, MelbourneThe University of Australia, NewcastleThe University of Australia, Southern QueenslandThe University of Australia, TasmaniaThe University of Australia, CanberraThe University of Australia, Western AustraliaThe University of Australia, National (Canberra)The University of Australia, MonashThe University of Australia, AdelaideThe University of Australia, QueenslandThe University of Australia, New South WaleThe Australian State University system. Students who are in the top 30% of all high school and secondary college students in year 12 on the ATAR, finishing SSCE's gain automatic entry into the Australian State University system. The schools are as followsAustralian State University, MacquarieAustralian State University, Western SydneyAustralian State University, VictoriaAustralian State University, TownsvilleAustralian State University, CairnsAustralian State University, BrisbaneAustralian State University, LoganAustralian State University, Perth-MurdochAustralian State University, Sunshine CoastThe Australian Community University and Technical Institute system. All students who complete SSCE's may gain automatic entry into the ACU and ATI systems. Australian State University and University of Australia branch technical institutes may apply selective practices on their institutes. State and Commonwealth AssistanceTo achieve these enrolment figures at the start of the 2018 school year, the Commonwealth and State and Territory governments will assist all students in achieving college by eliminating the need for money as a way to achieve success. Beginning in 2018, all students enrolled in a university, community university, or technical institute will not have to pay admission fees.Outstanding balances will not be absorbed by the university, state government, or Commonwealth government. If students de-enroll from any of the three systems, the offer of tuition compensation is revoked. International students must meet equivalent standards, and payment arrangements must be met either with individuals or with national governments depending on the situation of tertiary education in the country of origin for the student.This arrangement has been agreed to by the state Premiers, the Prime Minister of Australia, and the coordinating ministers of education and skills at the federal and state/territory level.CostingsThe cost of the system is estimated to be $180 billion for the 2017-2018 budget.The result is $22,500 per student enrolled in the system.The Commonwealth will provide $120 billion of the $180 billion.
LS: Well, we've had quite the first round in this presidential election, and it has come down to the wire, but it looks like this at the end of the night:Stephen Conroy (Progressive)30%Andrew Kligenberg (One Nation)32%President Julia Gillard (Labour)24%Malcolm Turnbull (Conservatives)18%Independents8%This is a huge shock, Kerry. I am still trying to wrap my head around it. Andrew Kligenberg has won in this current climate of anti-politician sentiment that seems to be a very large undercurrent in Australia and in the world. Stephen Conroy came in second, buoyed a bit by the result of his party coming into Government at the last federal election. What will the implications of a race like this be on federal and state politics?KB: Leigh, we don't know is the correct answer. There is a huge anti-politician, anti-EU sentiment in Australia at the moment, and it's picked up from where the Duxburians were heading into the end of last year, where the British were in reference to the European Union (but they have since come back down a bit). It's the fact that people in rural Australia feel like the Progressives, Labour, and the Conservatives have all left them behind. They're seeing jobs vanish and people are struggling, and they came out in droves to Andrew Kligenberg. Remember, mining is a huge industry in the bush and in the Outback. Thousands of jobs around the country are dependent on the Australian mining industry, and Andrew Kligenberg is perhaps the biggest lion in the forest. LS: Do you have any predictions?KB: Considering where Andrew Kligenberg was at the beginning of the campaign, no I don't. What Stephen Conroy will have to do to beat Kligenberg is get the Gillard voters onside. If the left and the right voted for just these two candidates, It looks like Kligenberg would be ahead 54 to 50, with him left courting the 8% of people who voted against the major parties. However, one would think that if they didn't vote for a major party, Kligenberg could get the lion's share of them and it could, COULD propel him to the Presidency.LS: Well, thank you all for watching the ABC's coverage of Australia's first round of its historic presidential election. As a reminder, the final round will be underway on April 8. Stay tuned for more news about a debate schedule between Andrew Kligenberg of One Nation and Stephen Conroy of the Progressives.
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