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Let Victor Speak . . . at the education debate

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Update 2: I have been invited to join the panel!

Update: I have a campaign group for this issue on Facebook

The OUSA and OPSA, the two Dunedin student associations, are hosting a student debate. Victor Billot will not be allowed to speak in favour of free education – at this stage. Let’s change the mind of the people who run these things! I want to speak and I want a place on the platform.

Here’s the background from OUSA President Simon Wilson in the latest Critic:

“This Friday 3 October, starting at 3pm, OUSA, OPSA (the Otago Polytechnic Students Association) and NZUSA (the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations) will be hosting a Tertiary Education Debate in the Teachers College Auditorium. So far Pete Hodgson (Labour,) Meteria Turei (Greens)
and Hilary Calvert (Act) have confirmed their attendance. We will have a representative from the National Party and there should be someone there from the three other parties with MPs in parliament as well. The MPs will be debating the future of tertiary education in New Zealand. They will be given a short time to speak and then you will have a chance to ask your questions.
I look forward to seeing you there.”

Gee – my invitation seems to have got lost in the mail.

There’s going to be representatives from Labour – who introduced user pays education in the 1980s – and National – who hiked fees in the 1990s – and did I mention Labour, under whose rule student loans have crashed through the $10.3 billion barrier.

In fact, it seems all the parties who support user pays education in one form or another have got an invite.

But that leaves out one party. The Alliance. Who support free education.

We pay for this through progressive taxation. It means people like John Key and Helen Clark will have to pay a bit more tax . . . like well off people used to . . . which is why we used to have free education. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 29, 2008 at 4:02 am

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