Labor’s Chris Hayes asked the Minister for Education Christopher Pyne the following question:

I refer to a signed letter by 317 staff at the University of Western Sydney which states, “It is expected that most universities will increase fees between 100 per cent or 200 per cent or more”.

Minister, why are you saddling Australian students with a debt sentence whilst Americanising our universities?

Pyne reponded:

The United States has 27 universities in the top 50 in the world.

“More than half of the top 50 universities in the world are in the United States.

“Apparently, apparently America is the bogey man, the bogey man …

No Minister, you’re the bogey man.