Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

MAYBE if they hadn’t hiked up the price of ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion so high these poor peo­ple would be able to af­ford to pay back their loans! Shan­non Stephens THE Govern­ment prom­ises these young cit­i­zens jobs. The Govern­ment has failed them. How much of our tax­pay­ers’ money has this Govern­ment wasted? Cut Govern­ment perks. Look af­ter our youth. Robyn Salt­marsh I DID one de­gree, told by the uni I’d get a job. Couldn’t. Did an­other de­gree, told by the uni and the job mar­ket I’d get a job. Couldn’t. So did hon­ours in the hope that when the in­dus­try picked up I’d get a job. Couldn’t. I have since gained some ex­pe­ri­ence in my pro­fes­sion, but am now work­ing in a role that doesn’t re­quire my qual­i­fi­ca­tions. I earned enough last fi­nan­cial year (largely not in my pro­fes­sion) to start pay­ing some of my HELP debt, and in the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year I will earn enough (not in my pro­fes­sion) to pay some more. Yay. Ul­ti­mately, I can re­search and write beau­ti­fully now, if I want. Not sure if it was worth the $40K. And most frus­trat­ing is that my tradie mates, al­though they worked hard to get there, didn’t have to be in debt a small for­tune in or­der to earn more than me. Wayne Baker THAT is crazy. All you need to do is study some cour­ses, stay un­der the thresh­old (which 70 per cent of grad­u­ates do) then you never have to pay it back. It’s a good con! Ben­jamin Hay

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