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Greens to refer Government education plan to inquiry

The Australian Greens will refer the Government’s education legislation to a senate inquiry when parliament returns next week, to ensure the proposed changes get the best outcome for the public school system.

“We need to cut through the political game-playing and make sure these changes are properly considered,” Greens education spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“While Labor and the Liberals bicker over how much money the Catholic school system would get under these changes, only the Greens are determined to get the best outcome for public schools.

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Schools funding needs to be fixed, not cut

Schools funding in Australia needs to be reformed to reflect a genuine needs based model, but that can’t be done by cutting funding across the country, the Australian Greens have said in response to today’s announcement from the government.

“We'll look at the detail of this announcement, but what we know is that Australia’s school funding system is broken,” the Greens’ education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“It's time our children's education was prioritised in Australia. It’s a sad reality that many of our kids are being left behind.

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Uni students and young Australians to cop it in Turnbull’s Budget

The Australian Greens are concerned that, in the lead up to the Federal Budget, the government’s loyalties seem to lie with property investors and foreign owned mining companies over Australian university students.

“Cutting a billion dollars from our universities while driving up fees for students is a regressive, unfair and stupid idea,” the Greens’ education and finance spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Turnbull turns the screws on struggling students

The Australian Greens have slammed the Turnbull Government for its planned attack on Australian university students in the 2017 budget.

“This is Malcolm Turnbull shaping up for a 2017 Budget that is an all-out assault on students. The Government is doing nothing about the tax rorts for wealthy investors, pushing up house prices and making rent more expensive, and now they’re hitting students with $100,000 degrees,” Greens education and finance spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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The Australian Greens stand with Australia's students and universities

The Australian Greens have pledged to use their power in the Parliament to protect Australia's higher education sector from any further funding cuts ahead of the Turnbull government's budget in May. 

"We are putting the Government on notice that we will not accept any more nasty cuts to our universities and tertiary institutions," Greens education and finance spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens will vote down childcare if 15 hours not guaranteed

The Australian Greens have announced that they will vote down the government’s childcare package if it refuses to commit to guaranteeing vulnerable Australian families a minimum of 15 hours of subsidised care per week.

“This is about fairness and giving all Australian children the start in life that they deserve,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“We have a chance at securing meaningful, positive change to the childcare sector here, but only if the government allows the Senate to fix their bill.

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Greens stand with childcare workers striking today

The Australian Greens stand in solidarity with the thousands of childcare workers striking this afternoon to highlight the low wages they receive for the important task of providing care and education to Australian children.

“Early childhood educators are grossly underpaid for the valuable work they do. They teach, nurture and guide children in one of the most important phases of their learning life,” Greens education spokesperson Senator Hanson-Young said.

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