It’s going to end up costing us $2.8 billion a year to help mostly white kids study. That’s actually more than all of the teachers in this country are asking for. If asked to choose between subsidising students and paying teachers properly, you bet most people would choose the latter.
If Labour is truly pressed for cash and truly responsible with the country’s finances, it should cancel its plan to make the second and third year of study free.
The students don’t need it. Give it to the teachers. Or the nurses. Or the midwives. Or the police. Or anyone who actually needs it.
Spending is a matter of priorities. Labour is going to spend more on free fees for students than they will on any other policy.