Only a Liberal Government could approach a problem like training a generation of university graduates for a rapidly-evolving job market and decide the solution is to cut, Australian Greens higher education spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young has said.
"Whatever gap there is between university graduate skills and employer demands won't be closed by cutting spending on students and handing it to big business," Senator Hanson-Young said.
"The Liberal Government has made clear that it doesn't care about getting a mandate from the Parliament or the public to rip billions out of the educational system.
"Labor says it is opposed to the cuts but isn't saying it will reverse them.
"Voters expect a higher standard from both of these old parties.
"It's true that universities could do better at matching course content to employer needs. But that won't happen by cutting their funding, or making it harder for students to get to university in the first place.
"We should expect graduates of generalist courses to be employed across a broad range of sectors. That's not a symptom of a broken system."