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Childcare changes to be investigated by Senate inquiry

The Australian Greens will refer the Coalition's recently announced childcare package to a Senate inquiry amid growing concerns that many families will be left significantly worse off by the changes.

"I'm very concerned that some families will be worse off and some children will be left without access to any early education at all," the Greens' early education and care spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Rip-off of students not "Unique"

Lee Rhiannon 28 Oct 2015

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon commenting on the latest scandal involving a private Sydney based college ripping off vulnerable young people, said similar abuses will continue as long as for-profit companies are given public money to run vocational education and training courses.

"Low integrity companies, like Unique International, get away with misusing public money because the current system does not put the needs of students and employers first," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Speech: The Damning Report on Private Vocational Education

Lee Rhiannon 15 Oct 2015

Here I speak on the recently released report on private vocational education and training providers, which reveals the dire need for a well-funded public TAFE system. We must get rid of the contestability model introduced under Labor and supported by the Coalition, and reintroduce public investment in TAFE, a system which gives people a second chance at good, vocational education. 

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:05):

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Deregulation finally dead – huge win for staff, students, families, unions

Lee Rhiannon 1 Oct 2015

Commenting on the Turnbull government's decision to shelve university deregulation Australian Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said:

"This is a huge win for thousands of NSW staff, students, their families and unions who ran a fierce and formidable campaign for many months against the Liberal-National government's deregulation agenda.

"Any future government should think twice the next time they try to rip billions from public universities, give millions to private education providers and introduce $100,000 degrees.

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Sydney Uni VC opens door for new university elite

Lee Rhiannon 25 Sep 2015

Commenting on Sydney University Vice Chancellor Michael Spence’s plan for students who benefit from subsidised places to pay more for a degree, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said: 

“VC Spence’s plan would lead to a new elite within universities and risks the development of subprime degrees.

“Just as it appeared that the university sector could shake off the destructive and time-wasting deregulation debate Mr Spence is back pushing a plan to load the cost burden onto students.

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Greens call on Turnbull to recall radicalisation booklet

The Greens are calling on Malcolm Turnbull to recall and recycle the Radicalisation Awareness Kit that claims environmentalism is a pathway to violent extremism.

"This booklet is so tainted by Tony Abbott's politics of fear it should be shredded. Malcolm Turnbull has got to assert his leadership and declare Abbott's culture wars are over," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"Australians who care about our incredible natural environment should be congratulated, not silenced, abandoned and demonised as they have been by this Liberal Government.

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