John Ross, Times Higher Education
The Australian government’s proposal to impose lifetime limits on student loans appears set to fail, after the opposition vowed to block the measure – and even senators from the ruling Coalition wanted it changed.
The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations said this would not solve the fundamental problem, because it would force top students to interrupt their studies. “You would have to start working to get a headstart on your education,” said national president Natasha Abrahams.
“The change they propose makes sense but it [still] reduces the accessibility of higher education to people with less money. It shows there are deep problems with what’s being proposed, if even the Liberal [Coalition] senators can’t entirely agree with it.”