Transitional grant may be open to SCU, Causley says MEMBER for Page Ian Causley yesterday suggested that Lismore's Southern Cross University apply for a share of funding of $80 million which was available in a transition period following the abolition of compulsory student unionism.
Mr Page said the funding was available on a needs basis and he believed that Southern Cross University would meet that criteria.
He was responding after being asked if he still agreed with comments he made in August, before the abolition of compulsory student unionism.
Mr Causley said then that some union-funded services at regional universities must be protected if the legislation went ahead. The Coalition Government had the legislation passed last Friday.
"I'm not in favour of compulsory student unionism, but there are areas that need to be looked at," he said in August.
In the same article, Southern Cross University Vice-Chancellor Paul Clark called on the Federal Government to boost funding to regional universities if the unionism legislation was passed.
Mr Causley yesterday indicated that the $80 million transitional funding would alleviate problems associated with the end of compulsory unionism.
He said he supported an individual's choice to join a union. "It's all about choice," he said.
Mr Causley said he had lobbied for the university during his time as Member for Page.
"Over the last five or six years, the university has received $5 million to $6 million in funding," he said. Mr Causley said he had not been 'absolutely responsible' for that amount, but he had played a major role in a recent grant of $230,000 for plant genetics research.