Green Tertiary Policy Indistinguishable From Theft

06 June 2005 15:04:00


“The Greens are resorting to outright bribery in a bid to return to Parliament after the next election, trying to woo tertiary students with dubious promises of a free education,” says Libertarianz Hamilton East candidate, Robin Thomsen. “Nandor Tanczos would like to dress up the student loan scheme as ‘intergenerational theft’, although the system they would replace it with is simple full-scale burglary.”

“They would like to phase in free tertiary education and write off existing debt, although they seem oblivious to the fact that someone would have to pay for this ‘free’ education. The people to whom the education is not free are the poor long-suffering taxpayers, who—you would think even the Greens might have noticed this—are screaming out for tax cuts.”

Thomsen concludes: “Libertarianz would remove the state from all aspects of tertiary education and stop taxing the hell out of them. Supply and demand would lead to more people receiving training in trades (which New Zealand has a tremendous shortage of) and students would have to be realistic about their goals and with their money when enrolling in university courses. The student loan system would be scrapped and the ‘debt tail’ sold, and students would fund their courses the old fashioned way – through scholarships or personal means.”

Robin Thomsen
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