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MEDIA RELEASE: CAPA supports Greens’ commitments to postgrads

11 Dec 18

CAPA supports Greens’ commitments to postgrads

The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) welcomes the Australian Greens’ higher education policies, released today, which outline a fair and robust higher education system.

We strongly agree with all elements of the new policy package, particularly the reforms to study entitlements to include postgraduate students. Their policies include the extension of Austudy to all domestic full-time postgraduate students – a solution that CAPA has proposed through our Income Support for Postgrads campaign.

We applaud the inclusion of a policy on insecure work in universities, which would link federal funding to employment conditions of staff. Many postgraduate research students are precariously employed as teaching and research assistants in universities.

CAPA furthermore calls on Labor and the Coalition to reconsider their own higher education policies ahead of the 2019 federal election, with the Greens policies acting as a benchmark in this space.

“The Greens have listened to students and higher education workers in forming their higher education agenda, resulting in a sophisticated suite of policies which we hope will precipitate better policy from the other major parties,” says CAPA National President, Natasha Abrahams.
For comment:
CAPA National President Natasha Abrahams
M: 0430 076 993