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Liberal Party’s university fee deregulation agenda alive and well

Robert Simms 18 Jun 2016

Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Robert Simms says the Prime Minister's comments in last night's leaders debate show the Liberals are still pursuing deregulation.

"After the budget, the Liberals would have had us believe that their deregulation agenda was on the shelf, but as we in the Greens predicted, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared in last night's leader's debate it is still in full swing," Senator Simms said.

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Jobs growth needs a healthy TAFE, not Labor's 6 month training stopgap

Lee Rhiannon 17 Jun 2016

Investment in public vocational training through our well respected quality TAFE system is the key to securing long-term employment growth. The former Labor Government's steps towards privatization of vocational training have left a huge accessibility gap that Federal Labor is currently proposing to fill with a 6 month training wage. 

Greens MP and Education spokesperson David Shoebridge said: "Neither the Liberal's internships nor Labor's 6 month training placement would adequately give young people the lifetime of skills they need for ongoing employment.

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WA families hit by $100m childcare delay

The Australian Greens have expressed concern for the thousands of West Australian families who will be disadvantaged by the government's decision to delay the implementation of childcare reforms by one year, as revealed in the May Budget.

While the government's childcare package still has to be improved, it was set to save average families $30 a week and be introduced in 2017. With 65,670 West Australian families accessing childcare, the one year delay in rolling out the reforms represents a potential $102.445 million hit on family budgets.

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Restoring the TAFE system to provide strong learning foundations for Australians

Lee Rhiannon 15 Jun 2016

The Australian Greens would cease taxpayer money being poured into the broken for-profit VET sector and fund a $400 million TAFE rescue package to ensure investment goes to where it is needed most: helping provide Australians with the opportunity to further their education and increase their skills in the workforce.

The Greens are proud defenders of a strong TAFE system. To help provide the high-level skills and workforce development that is vital to our economic future the Greens will:

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Childcare overhaul with ‘Universal Access’ model proposed by Greens

The Australian Greens have announced that they will take a policy of 'Universal Access' childcare, with a guaranteed minimum of 24 hours of subsidised care offered to every Australian family each week, to the election.

The Greens policy would create a single, means tested payment model with access guaranteed for all Australian families. Whoever wins government will need to get their proposed childcare legislation through the Senate. The Greens would push for this policy to be implemented from the 1st of July 2017.

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SA families hit by $90m childcare delay

The Australian Greens have expressed concern for the thousands of South Australian families who will be disadvantaged by the government's decision to delay the implementation of childcare reforms by one year, as revealed in the May Budget.

While the government's childcare package still has to be improved, it was set to save average families $30 a week and be introduced in 2017. With 57,620 South Australian families accessing childcare, the one year delay in rolling out the reforms represents a potential $87.582 million hit on family budgets.

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Greens push Illawarra Labor to back new national TAFE agreement

Lee Rhiannon 23 May 2016

The Greens are calling on Labor candidates in the Illawarra to protect local TAFEs and restore the public TAFE system by backing the demand for the National Partnership Agreement to be rewritten so it excludes all for profit private companies from any involvement in vocational education and training.

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said, "As the public TAFE system plays a key role in training the Illawarra workforce I strongly urge local Labor candidates to add their support to the call for a new National Partnership Agreement. 

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End role of for-profit providers to stop Careers Australia style rip-offs

Lee Rhiannon 17 May 2016

Responding to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission finding that Careers Australia had “engaged in unconscionable conduct” Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

“While ACCC has exposed Careers Australia’s misuse of public money and is forcing the company to pay the money back to the Commonwealth, this action alone will not stop for-profit providers from exploiting vulnerable people. 

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QLD families to be slugged $287m by childcare delay

The Australian Greens have expressed concern for the thousands of Queensland families who will be disadvantaged by the government's decision to delay the implementation of childcare reforms by one year, as revealed in the May Budget.

While the government's package still has to be improved, it was set to save average families $30 a week and be introduced in 2017. With 188,950 Queensland families accessing childcare, the one year delay in rolling out the reforms represents a potential $287 million hit on family budgets.

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Childcare delay to hit families hard

The Australian Greens have expressed regret at the government's decision to delay implementing seriously overdue changes to the early education and care sector for another year.

"Early education and care clearly isn't a priority for the Turnbull government," the Greens' early education and care spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The Liberal Party promised, before the last election, to tackle the rising cost of childcare.

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