Revealed: Labour’s plan to wipe student debt
Andrew Little has let slip a major policy initiative that would see a Labour government writing off student loan debt.
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The Labour leader has revealed it is considering wiping existing student debt for those who take public service jobs in the regions.
What – “considering”? In some narrow circumstances? What about your headline?
“I don’t have any particular promise to make. We’re looking at ways that we can assist students to effectively write off at least a part of that student debt, through things like taking a public service job somewhere outside of one of the main centres and for the length of period that you’re there let’s look at a write-off sort of regime.”
Mr Little made the comment when asked about student debt during an interview on Victoria University student radio station Salient FM on Tuesday.
A reasonable suggestion to consider and get feedback on (we have to do something about monstrous student debt!). I for one would support it. But – that headline though. Sigh. And I fell for it. (And make it worse by linking to it.)