While we at The Initiative have been pretty happy with the hearing our report on zero percent loans has received, some of the partisan responses have been more than a little depressing.
It would have been surprising if Labour would have said, “Yeah, you know what, we messed that one up. Shouldn’t have done it. Oops.”
Labour’s education spokesman Chris Hipkins takes that a step further and says taking away interest-free student loans “reinforces inequity”.
“It would make inequity worse because those on the lowest incomes would be penalised the most. It’s an incredibly regressive system.”
Hipkins said the think tank was taking a “narrow view of the value of tertiary education”.
“This is exactly the type of ideological right wing clap-trap i’ve come to expect from the successor to the business roundtable.”
“They assume it’s all personal benefit, they don’t look at the fact we put significant…
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