Former Qld Young Australian of the Year speaks on education costs

REFLECTING: Mount Isa's Justice King aims on studying law.
REFLECTING: Mount Isa's Justice King aims on studying law.

A FORMER Queensland Young Australian of the Year winner appears to have mixed views about the university fee increase she is expected to pay when returning to university.

Mount Isa’s Justice King, 19, said she would attend James Cook University to study law but that the financial cost was already a burden before the fee increase caused by government funding cuts. 

Relocating from a rural area such as Mount Isa to Townsville was expensive.

ABC reports that university fees could increase as high as $3600. 

But at the same time Ms King, who has political ambitions of becoming a federal senator, said there was no purpose in blaming the government for the fee increases. 

“How about we as a society push aside the emotion of this change and work together to figure out approachable ways to enable the accessibility of education to our young people.

“There must be a better way,” Ms King said.