NTEU News | 12 August 2013
Claiming that university classes have almost doubled in size, the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) began its Vote Smart advertising campaign on 12 August.
A variation on the TV ad will promote a vote for independent Andrew Wilkie in the seat of Denison in Hobart. Billboard advertisements will also be erected in the seat of Melbourne advocating a vote for Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt (who is being challenged by Labor’s Cath Bowtell, a former NTEU official).
NTEU National President Jeannie Rea says
The NTEU is taking the unprecedented step of spending $1 million on its own campaign to shore up the Greens’ balance of power in the Senate, and two House of Representatives MPs who have supported universities and the values of members. Despite having had advice from two official reviews calling for funding increases, both Labor and Liberal Parties have supported over $4 billion of higher education cuts over the past three years.
She says the ads graphically demonstrate that chronic underfunding of higher education means the ratio of students to staff has almost doubled in a generation, undermining the quality of education.
Rea stressed that the NTEU was not making any donations to the Greens, or any individual candidate.