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Matthew Lester: Free education, tax deduction for the rich

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Matthew Lester is crunching the national budget numbers in earnest searching for a solution to free tertiary education. And the blunt answer, there just isn’t one staring him in the face.

The National budget doesn’t allow for it at the moment and the country cannot afford to give up more pertinent projects like National Health Insurance. “The money is just not there to give free higher education to all.

Nor should it be because it will let those who can afford to pay all or some of the cost off the hook.” The big challenge will be how government merges the reality of the numbers with student perceptions of what they deem to be a right course of action.

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