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Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Department of Education

Stop Kiwi Permanent Residents From Paying The International Student Fee!!!

Eighteen-year-old Matilda Boyce was the dux of her high school. The bright New Zealander is enjoying her first year studying chemistry, geology and Japanese at the University of Western Australia. But news of the Turnbull government’s new university reforms came as a shock to Ms Boyce’s family. “If the changes are passed then we will probably leave Australia.” Her course costs $9,000 per year under the current system, but would cost $36,000 per year under Education Minister Simon Birmingham’s proposal. The new system, if changes pass the senate, will see New Zealand citizens and permanent residents pay full international student prices for Australian degrees. The department says the changes will not affect the roughly 20,000 permanent residents and NZ citizens already enrolled. University students to 'pay more'  But they could affect Ms Boyce’s younger brother Harvey, who is in Year 12. “If the changes are passed then we will probably leave Australia,” Matilda’s mother Deidre Robb said. “[He] was hoping to study environmental science/conservation land management next year. The cost of the fees will now make that impossible.” The reforms are not all bad news for the New Zealand and permanent resident students, who will for the first time be eligible for government student loans, just like Australian students. The government estimates access to HELP loans will actually act as an incentive to help bring more students to Australia. “Access to student loans could attract some new students for whom upfront payment was a disincentive to study, leading to an estimated 60,000 additional EFTSL [equivalent full-time students],” the Turnbull government’s policy statement reads. But Ms Boyce says her family, and many others, would prefer to pay a smaller fee upfront than be shackled with a large student debt. “I would have had $100,000 or more in debt,” she said. “You’re never going to be able to travel or buy a house or get ahead in life with that sort of debt. “The enrolment rate’s just going to plummet for many universities.”  Matilda Boyce was the dux of her high schoolThe president of a student society for New Zealanders at the University of Melbourne said the changes would have a "big impact" on the 480 New Zealanders currently studying at the university.  While the changes would not affect their current courses, the university encourages a two-step process where students first undertake a generalist degree, then a more specialised one.  "We're disappointed. It came out of nowhere," the club's president Jordan Zheng told SBS News.  Mr Zhang is himself in his final year of a commerce degree, but says he would not be able to afford a planned law degree next year if the changes go ahead.  "We're hoping the senate blocks it," he said.      Go8 universities 'disappointed' by proposed higher education reformsAustralia's most prestigous universities have responded to the Turnbull Govenrment's latest higher education reforms saying "there is no pain relief and no reform".  Rebecca Pacey, another New Zealand citizen, now faces the possibility that her planned PhD at the University of NSW next year, which would have been absolutely free under a Commonwealth supported placement, could now cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to complete.  "My fees just went from literally $0 to $126,000 if this bill is (to be) passed," Ms Pacey said.  "I work 30 hours a week in the work force, paying tax. If this bill passes I pretty much can’t afford to do it. And it’s disgusting that I should have a $126,000 HECS debt if I want to." The Oz Kiwi community group, which represents New Zealanders living in Australia, is urging its members to write to their local MPs and voice opposition to the reforms. The group’s spokeswoman, Joanne Cox, described the news as a “blindside”, and said their members had reacted with “anger, frustration and confusion”. The changes also drew criticism from New Zealand’s Prime Minister Bill English. “We're pretty unhappy about it,” he said. “We want a serious discussion with them about where they're headed with this policy, rather than announcements that are made either without telling us or with short notice.” New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee will travel to Australia next week for meetings with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop. The criticism comes just weeks after Mr English described the Australian government’s changes to immigration as “disappointing”. Permanent residents now need to wait four years before they can apply to become Australian citizens, and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed there would be no exemption for New Zealanders.  Emma Freeman is one NZ citizen impacted by both the citizenship and university reforms. She was due to be eligible for citizenship later this year and was planning to enrol in a medical degree at the University of Queensland after completing her undergraduate course.  Now, she faces choice between waiting four years or paying the full $280,000 fee for the degree.  "It's such a tough position to be in," she said. "I really do see my future in Australia, but I definitely don't want to be saddled with a huge debt," she said. "I'm also worried that while I wait around as a permanent resident for the next four years, more rights for permanent residents - Medicare, or Centrelink, perhaps - may be cut."  "My family, and other Kiwis we have spoken too, are just feeling this massive uncertainty about our futures in this country now. What if we get another three years in and then permanent residents have to be here 10 years to become citizens?"      

Nicole Hao
61 supporters
Started 9 months ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Senator Richard Di Natale

Section 44 Constitution - Ineligible Past/Present MP's must face the FULL consequences

In Canberra the "Law Makers" are also "Law Breakers"... One by one, SECT 44 (i) of the Constitution is proving that!Don't let these law breakers get away with it.... Sign this petition to help apply some pressure to ensure these ineligible MP's are held fully accountableAll who sign this petition are doing so to make it known to Government, Opposition and Others that "We The People" are disgusted with the revelations that various and "Numerous" Members of the 45th Parliament are in breach of COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA CONSTITUTION ACT - SECT 44 We are concerned that Government will fail to to act to "We The People's" satisfaction. More specifically we are concerned that Government will not fully and properly enforce applicable "Penalties" to each and every person found to be in breach of COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA CONSTITUTION ACT - SECT 44 We demand that all those who stood for election and became a Member of the Federal Parliament who are subsequently found to have been ineligible under SECT 44 are to be subjected to all of the following,(A) Repay every Tax Payer dollar earned as salary (B) Forfeit all benefits that may have otherwise come from having held such position, this is to include, Pensions, Superannuation and any other ongoing entitlements such as travel, office and so on.(C) Referred to Federal and/or State authorities for investigation into possible crimes associated with the completion/signing of a Statutory Declaration which was factually false.FURTHER: Due to the number of cases that have come to light in recent months, "We The People" also demand a full scale inquiry into ALL "Current" and "Past" Members of the Federal Parliament to ensure that anyone who may be or may have been a member of federal parliament whilst in breach of COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA CONSTITUTION ACT - SECT 44 are all found out and held to account for that breach. *The most recent case of Barnaby Joyce and the way in which the Turnbull Government is handling this matter is not satisfactory.Barnaby Joyce can use any excuse he likes, but the wording is quite clear... Quite simply "READ" part (i) and take specific note of the wording, including the word "OR"..... there is no "AND"... it is definitely an "OR" (Relevant section of the constitution is copied/pasted below) -----------------------------------------------------------------------COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA CONSTITUTION ACT - SECT 44DisqualificationAny person who: (i)  is under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power; or (ii)  is attainted of treason, or has been convicted and is under sentence, or subject to be sentenced, for any offence punishable under the law of the Commonwealth or of a State by imprisonment for one year or longer; or (iii)  is an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent; or (iv)  holds any office of profit under the Crown, or any pension payable during the pleasure of the Crown out of any of the revenues of the Commonwealth; or (v)  has any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in any agreement with the Public Service of the Commonwealth otherwise than as a member and in common with the other members of an incorporated company consisting of more than twenty-five persons; shall be incapable of being chosen or of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives.--------------------------------------------------------------------------While Barnaby Joyce may claim "He did not know"... "He was not aware"... "The New Zealand citizenship occurred by parental descent"... It does not matter what excuse Barnaby Joyce chooses to use, no excuse is good enough to ignore SECT 44 of the constitution.P.S. There is a New Zealand Government website which allows anyone to confirm if they are a New Zealand Citizen within a few very simple clicks... In other words it would have been very quick, simple and easy for Barnaby Joyce to confirm that he was in fact a New Zealand Citizen, as such he should have renounced that citizenship prior to nomination for election to Federal Parliament.Check the NZ website for yourself-> https://www.govt.nzWhere was your due diligence Barnaby?(Those who wish to trial the NZ Citizen check for Barnaby, just be sure to click "One Parent was born in NZ" and also that the "Parent was NZ Citizen by birth")Final message to Malcolm Turnbull, Barnaby Joyce, Matthew Canavan & any others who have or may fall foul of eligibility requirements under our Constitution, you must always remember, Ignorance is no excuse! The onus of eligibility is on the nominee Foreign Citizenship laws must be respected SECT 44 of the Constitution is not some kind of plaything which Members of Parliament can bend, twist or interpret in a manner that excuses nominees for their breaches, failures, shortcomings, laziness and/or ignorance Bye Bye Barnaby... Good Bye!Bye Bye Matt Canavan... Good Bye!Bye Bye Malcolm Turnbull... Good Bye!                  

Peter Charleton
1,148 supporters