My real concern about the university fees is that universities may go the way of many hospitals and no longer offer certain degrees because they are unpopular (due to economics only). DD1 is passionate about the environment and if she stays that way she wants to do a degree in zoology or environmental sciences. She'll probably never make much money though but these degrees could be quite expensive.
So do I tell her no you can't do what you want to do as the fees are too expensive? What an extremely sad state we will live in if people only choose certain jobs because of their earning potential.
I still remember the 70s when my parents went to uni for no other reason than because they were curious (they are both linguists). Those times are definitely dead.
Australian culture as a whole isn't very academically friendly, those with PhDs are often seen as elitist snobs who are wasting good money on "pointless" research in their "ivory towers".
There's not much point paying professors high salaries if there isn't funding for the actual research and the best students can't afford to stay on and work in postgrad degrees.
I just read this & I am truly scared to think what will happen to school leavers & young unemployed. The fact that people will have no income for six months is so scary. NOTHING. It either means they will be a burden on others or be homeless, possibly turning to crime.
When I graduated year 12 I was not living at home, I had to live with my boyfriends parents who could not afford to support me. I did not go to schoolies but instead I got a retail traineeship straight away but it put me in very dangerous situations everyday. My boss was a dirty old perve & it was in a bad area. I had to walk to & from work in the dark where I was threatened multiple times, so I left within my 30 day trial period. Back then it was ok to leave in the trial period & keep your unemployment benefits. Once everyone was back from schoolies the jobs to apply for were few & far between. If that was me next year, I would have to keep working there whilst looking for a new job.
Tax payers will have to pay the bill for all the petty (and serious) crime clogging up our legal system, people will be at the very least stealing the basics to live. It will put a huge burden on charities like Salvo's and Vinnies. How can you get a job if you don't have a car or can't afford the rego? I swear I'm missing something, they can't honestly do this can they?
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