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Uni students launch ‘call to action’ over Canberra’s funding cuts

He might be arriving in the US today, but students are gathering outside Malcolm Turnbull’s Sydney office, to protest cuts to university funding.

Under the changes the cost of a four-year course will increase by around 7.5 per cent.

Protestors will also target the office of Education minister Simon Birmingham in Adelaide.


University of Sydney student representative Jenna Schrodes says it’s a call to action for students all over the country.

“The government is out of touch when they tell students they should pay even more for their education while they let corporations, making billions, pay no tax,” she said.

Senator Birmingham told the ABC the existing student loan debt of $52 billion is unsustainable.

“The last thing I want to do is to see a future minister in my shoes in a position where they say the loan scheme is no longer affordable” he said.