The last Labor government slugged students with a $263 a year tax in the name of student services and representation. This tax keeps and increasing every year, reaching up to $271 in 2013, and $281 in 2014.
In 2005, the Coalition government lifted a huge financial burden on students by making student union membership voluntary, empowering students to choose which services matter to them. The benefits have been enormous, with students saving up to $600 per year.
This choice has forced student unions to provide better services – the ones popular with real students – not student union leaders.
The student tax removes this choice, forcing students to pay for services they may not want or be able to afford.
The Labor student’s tax removes the incentive for student unions to provide the services real students demand.
The Labor student tax increases student debt – the last thing they need amidst the financial crisis.