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”.