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Education meeting failure; no road-map towards needs-based funding

The Australian Greens have criticised today's meeting of Education Minister's as a talk-fest, saying that it has done nothing to move towards an improved funding model for Australian schools.

"This meeting was an opportunity to talk about how we can invest in the future of our students and our schools, but that's not what happened," the Greens' education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"What we need more than anything else is a road-map towards genuine needs-based funding across Australian schools.

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Needs based funding required, not government excuses for funding cuts

Needs based support for schools must be guaranteed beyond the funding cliff set up by the Abbott/Turnbull government, the Australian Greens have said.

"The last thing we need right now is more excuses from the government justifying their education cuts," the Greens' Education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"We need to be investing in a full needs-based funding model, not walking back from the steps we've taken in that direction to this point.

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PC report shows schools funding must be increased, better targeted

A Productivity Commission draft report, detailing no overall improvement in Australian education standards over the previous decade, shows why we need to implement a sector-blind needs-based schools funding model, the Australian Greens have said.

"It's no surprise that sticking with a broken funding model hasn't done anything to help the students," the Greens' Education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Clinton gives lead to Sydney universities on free higher education

Lee Rhiannon 1 Aug 2016

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the Vice Chancellors of Sydney and UNSW universities, Michael Spence and Ian Jacobs, to break ranks with the Group of Eight and give strong backing to extra funding for public universities.

“At a time when the possible next US President, Hilary Clinton, is backing free education for working and middle class students in the United States, the best we hear from major universities like Sydney and UNSW is to crack down on numbers,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Baird’s TAFE NSW plan an excuse to sell land assets

Lee Rhiannon 13 Jul 2016

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on the news that TAFE institutes across the state will be all dismantled and ‘streamlined’ under a single provider. 

“Folding ten TAFE institutions into one will obviously have major repercussions, including job losses and campus sales. 

“These reforms actually do not do anything to address the problem with TAFE in NSW, which is that the contestability model has failed. 

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Simms in the Senate Update - June 2016

This edition of Simms in the Senate covers Senator Robert Simms' recent work on promoting green jobs for SA, protecting the Great Australian Bight, standing with the community against a nuclear waste dump in regional SA, phasing out live animal export, and the latest campaign news on marriage equality, Safe Schools, tertiary education, and more.

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Liberal Party’s university fee deregulation agenda alive and well

Robert Simms 18 Jun 2016

Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Robert Simms says the Prime Minister's comments in last night's leaders debate show the Liberals are still pursuing deregulation.

"After the budget, the Liberals would have had us believe that their deregulation agenda was on the shelf, but as we in the Greens predicted, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared in last night's leader's debate it is still in full swing," Senator Simms said.

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WA families hit by $100m childcare delay

The Australian Greens have expressed concern for the thousands of West Australian families who will be disadvantaged by the government's decision to delay the implementation of childcare reforms by one year, as revealed in the May Budget.

While the government's childcare package still has to be improved, it was set to save average families $30 a week and be introduced in 2017. With 65,670 West Australian families accessing childcare, the one year delay in rolling out the reforms represents a potential $102.445 million hit on family budgets.

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Restoring the TAFE system to provide strong learning foundations for Australians

Lee Rhiannon 15 Jun 2016

The Australian Greens would cease taxpayer money being poured into the broken for-profit VET sector and fund a $400 million TAFE rescue package to ensure investment goes to where it is needed most: helping provide Australians with the opportunity to further their education and increase their skills in the workforce.

The Greens are proud defenders of a strong TAFE system. To help provide the high-level skills and workforce development that is vital to our economic future the Greens will:

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