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The Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) represents humanities, arts and social science (HASS) disciplines across 36 Australian universities. While these universities differ in their responses to the proposed deregulation of higher education, there is agreement among DASSH members that the proposals to reduce government funding of university education and to impose significant new debts on students are detrimental to the government’s commitments to expanding access in higher education and to securing a strong economy for Australia’s future.

DASSH is concerned at the proposed eduction in Commonwealth support for higher education through cuts to Commonwealth Grant Scheme and the impact of the changes to student contributions and HECS-­HELP on students taking HASS disciplines. DASSH urges the Committee to reject both of these proposals.

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