Joe Hockey admits on the project that he protested as a uni student. He was educated at uni for FREE!
HECS was extremely radical when it came about, and people like me who were raised to believe education was a right not a privilege were horrified that we were now expected to pay. It was a real concern that uni fees would increase massively. It was also tied in with the removal (from memory) of payments for students living away from home.
In a nutshell it just went against everything up until then we thought Australia was for - free education being a big part of that. So yes we demonstrated. Hard.
Oh wow, I had no idea! Thanks for explaining.
Scares me that we were once there and now look what we're facing
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