ABC News | 26 September 2013
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has moved to calm concerns the Commonwealth Government is planning to scrap the university student amenities fee, saying there are “no plans for change in this area”.
Education minister Christopher Pyne triggered reports over the past few days that the fee would be abolished by confirming that the Coalition is “opposed” to the measure.
Universities and student groups swiftly criticised any suggestion the fee would be axed, saying it would put more pressure on university budgets and “devastate” campus life.
But Abbott has indicated that while the government does not support the fee, it is too busy to deal with it soon.
We are going to be a very busy and active government over the next few years and this is not a priority for us. We have no plans for change in this area at this time.