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Greens Senator Calls for University Research Human Rights Review

Greens Senator for NSW and Education Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi has called for universities in Australia to undertake a human rights review of all their research partnerships following allegations Australian universities are contributing to the surveillance state in China.

Senator Faruqi said:

“It is completely unacceptable for Australian universities to be involved in projects that could impede the human rights of ethnic minorities and political dissidents.

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Proposed Uni Performance Funding Rules Miss the Mark

Australian Greens Senator and Education Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, has responded to the Government’s announcement today that it will weight ‘graduate employment outcomes’ at double the weighting of other measures in newly announced performance-based funding measures for universities. Senator Faruqi is a former academic with the University of New South Wales.

Senator Faruqi said:

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Reject Ramsay Centre Cultural Supremacy USyd: Greens

Greens Spokesperson for Education, Senator Mehreen Faruqi, has responded to reports of Sydney University soliciting Ramsay Centre funding for a major in Western Civilisation.

Senator Faruqi said:

“The Ramsay Centre's rivers of gold come with ideological strings attached, aimed solely at inculcating an uncritical view of 'western civilisation' in Australian students.

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Motion: Funding for Schools

I just want to say: let's not make any mistake about what's happening here today. The government is making good its promise of big cash for the private school sector without doing a single thing for public schools. Nothing any of you have said—and you really haven't said much—can paper over the fact that you are voting for widening the divide between the haves and the have-nots of the Australian education system.

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Motion: Early Learning Matters Week

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that the first week of September was Early Learning Matters Week, which highlights how early childhood education supports the well-being of our children, families and society; and

(b) supports a well-resourced and accessibly early childhood education system with professional pay for staff.

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Greens Welcome Early Learning Matters Week

Australian Greens Senator and Education Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, has welcomed Early Learning Matters Week and called for the Morrison Government to commit to supporting the sector, including by introducing funding certainty, guaranteeing all three and four year olds access to 24 hours of early childhood education a week and supporting early childhood workers with professional pay.

Senator Faruqi said:

“Early Learning Matters Week is a great opportunity to highlight how early childhood education supports the well-being of our children, families and society.

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Misguided performance measures not the funding solution unis need: Greens

Australian Greens Senator and Education Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, has commented on reported details of university performance-based funding measures. Senator Faruqi is a former academic with the University of New South Wales. 

Senator Faruqi said:

“The Government’s plan to tie measly funding increases to misguided performance measures is just the latest episode in their storied history of undermining higher education in Australia. It is just another excuse to not fund higher education properly. 

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Greens Senator says Confucius Institutes Contracts with Universities 'Outrageous'

Australian Greens Senator and Education Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, has commented on the revelations that Australian universities have been signing agreements with Confucius Institutes that could limit academic freedom and autonomy. Senator Faruqi is a former academic with the University of New South Wales. 
 
Senator Faruqi said:
 
“It is completely outrageous for universities to be making agreements with any institution that would seek to influence and limit academic freedom and autonomy. 
 

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Motion: Student Income Support

Students are struggling to get by. This government has abandoned students to face the high cost of living and the extreme stress just by themselves. As a former academic I have firsthand experience of the sacrifices that students make to study, including working up to four jobs just to make ends meet. It is deeply distressing that one in four students experiences food insecurity, and it is outrageous that they regularly go without food and other necessities.

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