The Australian Greens have called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to withdraw his government’s higher education Bill, as more university Vice-Chancellors speak out against fee deregulation.
“The Coalition’s dream team of Vice Chancellors who back deregulation is slowly crumbling, with VC of Victoria University Peter Dawkins the latest to break ranks,” said Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.
“Education Minister Christopher Pyne may continue the facade that there is still room for negotiations, but Labor, the Greens and most of the crossbench don’t support fee deregulation in any form.
“Higher education reform is desperately needed in Australia. The university sector is right to say that the current status quo is untenable. This cost of this reform however should not be borne by students and their families.
“I am calling on the Prime Minister to do the right thing, accept that students, staff, universities and the community don’t support fee deregulation and funding cuts and scrap the Bill and open up a national dialogue about higher education.