My name is Christine Williams. I am a worker in QUT’s Faculty of Law and, like most Australians, I recognise the importance of having a smarter Queensland and a smarter Australia – which means trained professionals in our communities. This, however, is now at risk with this government’s proposed cut of $2.3billion to our higher education sector.
At QUT we are currently preparing around 42,000 students for our future workforce. These professions include teachers, nurses, podiatrists, various other health practitioners as well as IT specialists, architects, lawyers, engineers and creative individuals like journalists, designers and actors - the list is almost endless. At QUT we also have a strong focus on science and research.
We support these professionals through focused practical training and assist them to find positions in our communities. This ensures our future society gets the best workforce – ensuring our kids get a quality education and that we have a good health system, among other great services.
Any cuts to any of our courses will reduce the number of professionally trained graduates entering our workforce.
For all these reasons I am urging our Federal Minister for Higher Education, Craig Emerson, to aim higher for education.
Join me and thousands of others - who have already shown their disproval - and send a message to our government to value our tertiary education sector. Start by telling them to aim higher for education by signing this petition.