The Deputy Leader of the Opposition is paying Central Coast University students a visit today.
Tanya Plibersek will be joined by locally based Labor Senator Deborah O'Neill, Dobell MP Emma McBride and ALP candidate for Robertson Anne Charlton.
They'll be at the University of Newcastle's Ourimbah Campus to hear from students and staff about the impact of the Coalition's plan to charge students up to $3200 for uni preparation courses that are currently free.
Ms Plibersek claims it's unfair to put young Australians who are trying to buy a home or start a family in such early debt.
“The courses teach the maths, science, English and other skills necessary for university,” Ms Plibersek said.
“They are particularly successful in helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds get a university education.
“But Malcolm Turnbull’s plan introduce fees of thousands of dollars will put these course out of reach of people that really need them.
“It’s just cruel.”
Ms McBride said residents of the Central Coast were very worried about Mr Turnbull’s unfair plan.
“These university preparation courses open up terrific opportunities,” Ms McBride said.
“Around a quarter of undergraduate students at Central Coast campus begin their studies through one of these enabling programs.
“These students go on to be our nurses and teachers.”