Human rights and international law expert Professor Hilary Charlesworth, says that Australia's appointment to the UN Human Rights Council gives the country an opportunity to examine its own human rights record.
University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis has welcomed today’s announcement that the Federal government will reverse the cap the previous government had placed on the tax deductibility of self-education expenses.
The previous Labor Government had announced they would limit the amount people could seek tax deductions for on education-related expenses to $2000.
The cap formed part of the then government’s $2.8 billion worth of cuts to the higher education sector.
Professor Davis said the announcement today was excellent news for the sector.
“If Australia truly wants to portray itself as a clever country we should be encouraging, not discouraging, people to continue their higher education,” he said.
“Analysis by Universities Australia showed that if implemented the caps would have resulted in a 30-54% increase in the effective cost of post graduate education, leading to a 30% drop in student numbers, $2.8 billion per annum in lost production and $800 million in lost tax revenue.
“This would have had a terrible impact on the higher education sector which is crucial to Australia’s economy.