[Tertiary education minister] Senator Evans warned that fee deregulation would increase costs to students and threaten access.
“Increasing fees is what deregulation is about,” he said.
“It is about allowing the universities to charge more.
“We would see a reduction in participation as people were priced out of the market’.
Ms Gillard says she wants to tackle rising childcare costs, but does not think capping fees will work.
She says that would prevent centres raising their fees if their costs go up for legitimate reasons.