I was very concerned to hear of Labor’s announcement that they intend to introduce an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and use Commonwealth legislation to reinstate native vegetation laws and restrict land clearing if elected to Government at this year’s Federal election.
Labor’s intention to introduce an ETS represents yet another new Labor tax on hardworking Australians. Their plan to bring back an ETS and increase the target to 45% will increase power prices by 78% by 2030, according to modelling by the Climate Change Authority.
Furthermore, their plan to restrict land clearing and overrule state government tree clearing policies will mean that not only will we have state vegetation police, but in future a new form of federal vegetation police on top of this. Basically this will put a police officer on the private land of mum and dad farmers.
Our farmers are people doing no more than trying to make a dollar by feeding and clothing people, all the while working as fine custodians of their own land. Our farmers are people who are committed to preserving and improving their land for future generations
Farmers across Western New South Wales will be appalled at the prospect of restrictions on the use of their own land more red tape. None of our farmers should be made to feel threatened or belittled for doing a sound, honest job contributing to our national economic growth and wealth.
We need to remember the damage that Labor caused last time with their carbon tax and 101% increase in electricity prices. Clearly if Labor are re-elected at this year’s Federal election, they intend to do this all over again.
The Coalition Government is offering $3.5 million worth of grants to help universities engage more rural and regional students.
Charles Sturt University along with other universities across Australia have until 31 May 2016 to apply for a share of the $3.5 million to create stronger pathways to higher education for disadvantaged students.
This investment in the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme National Priority Pool is an opportunity for local universities to explore new approaches to supporting people from rural and regional areas.
We know that students and students from low socio-economic backgrounds, or who live in rural and remote locations face extra barriers getting into and staying at university. The projects and research that can be initiated through the National Priorities Pool will help more regional and rural students to make the transition from high school to university.
The Coalition Government wants all students – regardless of their financial status or location – to be able to access higher education.
We know that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and regional and rural areas are under-represented at university and the National Priorities Pool grants ensure that Australians who have the ability to study at university have the opportunity to do so, no matter where they live.
For more information visit https://www.education.gov.au/higher-education-participation-and-partnerships-programme-heppp
Applications can be submitted at http://submissions.education.gov.au