Education reforms that disadvantage women?

Senators: Stand against education reforms that disadvantage women

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Fair Agenda members have hand delivered your signatures to key crossbench Senators around the country, showing the community opposes education reforms that would disadvantage women.

Up to $45,000 – that­­’s the amount of extra interest women could end up paying on their degree under the Government’s proposed tertiary education overhaul,[1] a legislation package being negotiated right now.

Researchers have shown that the Government's proposed changes to university loan interest will effectively operate as a ‘double whammy’ for many women. First because the gender pay gap extends the time women need to pay off their debt (during which their debt will grow), and then again because any woman who takes time off work to care for children will see their debt grow further in this time.[2]

The cross bench Senators could be expected to vote on these changes as soon as next week. Can you make sure they hear loud and clear that their constituents don’t want education changes that disadvantage women? Sign and share the petition; and local Fair Agenda members will deliver your messages to the Senators' offices this week.

More information

[1] The Abbott Government’s planned de-regulation of uni degrees to hit women the hardest, National Tertiary Education Union, 26 June 2014. Figure based on a three-year accountancy degree, currently costing $30,255, which would climb to about $75,000. The repayments on the degree would grow to $120,000 – including $45,000 in interest, for graduates who take time off to have children and then work part-time. The degree would take 36 years to pay off – compared with 10 years for a typical graduate today. This compares with 23 years for an accountancy graduate who stays in the workforce, who would face repayments of $99,000 - including $24,000 of interest. ‘Women to be hit hardest by student loan debt’, Sydney Morning Herald, 27 May 2014.

[2]HECS upon you: NATSEM models the real impact of higher uni fees, The Conversation, 25 June 2014. ‘Pyne’s education policies hurt women – but the men in cabinet don’t seem to have noticed’, The Guardian, 11 August 2014.

Help us get to 3,500 signatures

3,288 SIGNATURES

Dear Senator,

We're concerned that the Government's proposed changes to university loan interest rates have a built-in bias against women. We urge you to oppose this unfair proposal, and any other education reforms that will disproportionately hurt women. 

Signed,

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Zena , 2150  /  signed 2014-08-23 13:45:18 +1000
Trevor , 2291  /  signed 2014-08-23 13:29:30 +1000
Alexis , 2016  /  signed 2014-08-23 13:17:06 +1000
Robert , 2008  /  signed 2014-08-23 13:08:07 +1000
Craig , 2212  /  signed 2014-08-23 12:59:13 +1000
Margaret , 2011  /  signed 2014-08-23 12:45:02 +1000
Rebecca , 3070  /  signed 2014-08-23 12:29:47 +1000
"I have two primary school-aged children, one of them a girl. As it is I can’t conceive that they will ever be able to buy their own home, and if they have the kind of massive HECS debts Christopher Pyne is proposing then they will live a life of debt forever! Free education will never return, but let’s not make it worse!!"
Tereza , 2036  /  signed 2014-08-23 12:07:16 +1000
"As a mother of two young children it would be very hard to extent my potential as a contributing Australian woman who wants to improve her skills and knowledge in building better place for our children and their future as Australians."
Tana , 2480  /  signed 2014-08-23 12:04:43 +1000
"A single mother in the 70-80s I went to University along with many other working class, mature aged people, young people, as well as the children of the rich who will always be able to afford Higher Education.
Being educated has changed my life, however my grandchildren whose parents have died, withe few resources, want to go to University to better themselves and society. You will destroy their lives as there are minimal casual jobs available. It is immoral, dangerous to Australia where only the rich can afford higher education.
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Cat , 2031  /  signed 2014-08-23 11:58:21 +1000
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