Government To Commemorate Gough Whitlam By Making Tertiary Education Free-For-All

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The Coalition Government today announced plans to honour the life of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam with a range of educational policies, including a commemorative $100,000 university education, to become available as early as next year.

Mr Whitlam – who died today aged 98 – was known for his educational reforms, particularly in the tertiary sector.

Education Minister Christopher Pyne said there were obvious parallels between Gough Whitlam’s and his own Government’s vision for education in Australia.

“Gough made university education free for all. And, fittingly, we’re now making university education a free-for-all. Gough valued education. And so do we. At around $35,000 a year, in fact”.

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  1. Miles

    October 21, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott added to this by saying “The passing of Gough Whitlam has sent a strong message that the Age of Entitlement is well and truly over”.

  2. Grahame

    October 21, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    I reckon that this is too raw to laugh at. This government is raping Whitlam’s legacy. It is cheap shot funny but hurtful

    • Maybe Satire

      October 22, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Maybe too raw – I can understand that – but as a teenager during the Whitlam years and one who went to university for free, I cannot say anything but “Thank You” to the Shovel for highlighting the contrast.

      Satire is not easy and can rub a raw nerve – I am envious of the way the Shovel so regularly brings together two separate ideas and makes an incredibly clever point through humour.

    • Ed

      October 22, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Whitlam’s legacy looms large over the Labor party. Shame he probably wouldn’t recognise it today. Shame the current party chooses to claim Whitlam as their own, but continues to blandly follow the middle road.

  3. Brian Harry

    October 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Abbott and his motley crew of ‘born to rule’ scumbags aren’t fit to even mention Whitlam’s name. They deserve the fate that Whitlam got, but didn’t deserve, and it can’t come soon enough……………..

  4. Mick

    October 22, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Australia’s greatest asset is its children.

    Education should be free for ALL Aussies, at all levels.

    Why handicap Australia’s future by only educating a few of our children.

    There’s a lot of potential in our children and Australia must develop ALL this asset.

    I reckon part of the problem is summed up in this cartoon . . .


  5. kerry

    October 24, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Don’t worry. I know him. He would have laughed at all this!