Monday, June 27, 2005

Tertiary Education Stuff

Well, this all but confirms that the Labour Gov. has no intention on reducing Teritary Edcuation Fees.

This taken from an e-mail from Trevor Mallard:

Tertiary education is a priority area for New Zealand, but the government must weigh very carefully any decisionsthat will see further funds diverted from other priority areas. There area wide range of competing demands on the government's resources and we are not in a position to make large fee reductions for tertiary education courses.

Pretty much an addmission that they do no intend even lowering fees, much less getting rid of them entirely. Might as well put your placards away guys, unless you have the support of the MSM, Big Business or "Middle New Zealand", you have no hope.

Sadly, this Labour goverment is too spineless to put through a geninuely left-wing progressive agenda. From where I am looking Labour has made some policy aimed at its core supporters that has bettered the lot of the workers and those on low/no incomes but has gone through great pains not to offend the MSM, big and small business and the "Mortgage Belt/Middle New Zealand". And I think its ended up just about pissing everyone off. The only reason why National isnt in power, is because we all know what happened under National.

Unfortunately Labour's softly softly apporach, and the fact that it has handed the early initative to National on a plate with the tax cut issue, could very well see National come to power this year. In fact, bar some miracle, I think they will. And I think National could very well pick up where Douglas, Prebble, Richardson and Birch left off.

Hmmmm....perhaps the students should save their placards till this time next year then..


At 1:04 PM, Blogger Nigel Kearney said...

You're right. Tertiary fees are staying no matter who gets elected.

So students may as well vote for parties that advocate sizeable tax cuts, so at least they can pay the loans back sooner.

At 5:24 PM, Anonymous Millsy (Brendon) said...

And watch as our Health and Education system collapses.


Keep your disgusting comments to yourself.

At 2:06 PM, Blogger ZenTiger said...

It's good to see Labour have a spine, and are refusing to reduce student fees. All money is needed for Accident and Emergency if we are to save the innocent women and children of NZ.

Good on them. Raise 'em I say. Raise all taxes. A simple 5 point plan is what is required to save NZ:

1. Raise taxes.
2. Add new taxes.
3. Increase spending by 8 billion in the Health area (the surplus - so no other cuts are necessary).
4. Mandatory blood donations monthly from all citizens over 14.
5. No passports to people with degrees or a tertiary diploma from Te Wananga.

I suspect only Labour has the guts and commitment to see this through.

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