JCU stu­dents press for more fund­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Natalie Wynne

STU­DENTS at Townsville’s JCU cam­pus have vowed to keep lob­by­ing for more fed­eral fund­ing ahead of a fee re­view in June.

A rally on cam­pus has al­ready been held and Na­tional Union of Stu­dents re­gional of­fi­cer Billy Col­less said A u s t r a l i a n r e g i o n a l uni­ver­si­ties could suf­fer if the gov­ern­ment did not com­mit more fund­ing.

‘‘ Aus­tralia was the only coun­try to de­crease its fund­ing of higher ed­u­ca­tion be­tween 1995 and 2003,‘‘ he said.

‘‘ The av­er­age gov­ern­ment con­tri­bu­tion for a HECS place fell from $ 11,128 to $ 7754.

‘‘ This left a hole of $ 1 bil­lion a year in univer­sity f u n d i n g wh i c h r e g i o n a l cam­puses around the nation can­not af­ford.’’

The stu­dents ral­lied af­ter the gov­ern­ment an­nounced a re­view.

Mr Col­less said univer­sity cour­ses were funded based on a for­mula that had not been re­vised since 1990.

Mr Col­less said stu­dents were seek­ing fund­ing for class­room up­grades, per­man e n t t e a c h e r s , a n d l e s s crowded classes.

Townsville ac­tivist Nikki Bur­nett said num­bers at the lo­cal rally were high.

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