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Greens Join South Australian Students to Stop Uni Cuts

Media Release
Christine Milne 21 May 2013

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne and Senator Sarah Hanson-Young have joined South Australian universities and students today to oppose Labor and Tony Abbott’s $2.3 billion university cuts.
 
Senator Milne said slashing funding to universities will hurt 70,000 South Australian students who will face more crowded classrooms and extra pressure due to cuts.
 
“Labor’s plan to make the start-up scholarships a part of HECS will add additional burdens for up to 18,000 of South Australia’s most disadvantaged students,” Senator Milne said.
 
“If Australia is to move from a resource based economy to a knowledge and service based economy we have to invest in education from early childhood right through to tertiary level.
 
“Prime Minister Gillard’s cuts make no sense. Why would you take money from university students to pay for schools?
 
“Tony Abbott is even worse. He’s planning a double whammy by cutting funding from both universities and schools to spend on one of his other ill-considered schemes.
 
“The Greens are meeting with South Australian university students because we want to hear their concerns and find out how these cuts will impact on their lives.
 
“The Greens care for people and we want to invest in the future of the nation, which is why we will strongly oppose these cuts to universities in the Senate.
 
“Only the Greens have the courage to stand up to the big mining companies to raise the revenue we need to fund universities and schools properly.”
 
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said: “Students around the country were already under pressure and now the Labor Party has disappointed them even more by cutting billions from university funding.
 
“These deep cuts and the scrapping of the student start-up scholarships are going to hurt the most disadvantaged students in South Australia and the Greens want to hear from them, firsthand.
 
“We are meeting with students and union representatives at Adelaide University because they deserve to be represented at a federal level and the old parties have simply stopped listening.
 
“The university cuts are going to hit South Australians hard even though, as a state, we are going to get less of the Gonski money that they are supposed to be funding.
 
“The Greens are passionate about the future of Australia and the essential role that the quality of our tertiary education will play in that.”

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