Cathy McGowan going a little too far

CATHY McGowan ever the populist, fresh from beating up on the North Eastern passenger rail service, is now attacking the federal government’s plan to revise university fees (ABC Country Hour, July 8).
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Firstly she exaggerates the likely cost of obtaining agricultural qualifications concentrating her attack on the cost of higher degrees; a small segment of the market and arguably one where the student should pay significantly more given the remuneration.

On the same program a caller reported he had completed his degree in agriculture last year, costing $28,000 overall.

Even if this was to escalate by 20per cent, a level which Education Minister Christopher Pyne argues will be restrained by competition between universities; surely this cost relative to the lifelong value of a degree in agriculture, is relatively insignificant.

It is disingenuous to imply the long suffering taxpayer should pick up the tab for those with great potential for an income much higher than average.

Secondly, Ms McGowan suggested those studying agriculture in New Zealand, where degrees are somewhat less costly, would be unlikely to return to their local area.

The dean of the renowned Lincoln University, in welcoming students from Australia, indicated it was common for students to return to work in Australia and he foresaw no impediment to this occurring.

Ms McGowan, in aiming to provide a semblance of relevance is overreaching and clearly failing to provide the quality of representation the electors of Indi have experienced over many decades.

— P. MURRAY,

Wodonga

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