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Adjournment Speech: NSW Teachers Federation

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:47): I congratulate the New South Wales Teachers Federation on a significant outcome in a recent New South Wales Industrial Relations Commission settlement. This settlement secures continuity of learning for tens of thousands of school students through increased permanency of teacher employment in New South Wales public schools.

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Motion: International Students and Jobs

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Senator Georgiou: Pursuant to standing order 75, I give notice that today I propose to move "That, in the opinion of the Senate, the following is a matter of urgency:

The Government within a month, reports to the Senate, on the number of jobs which would have been available to Australians but were taken by individuals on international student visas."

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Motion: Higher Education Enabling Programs

Lee Rhiannon 18 Oct 2017

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

I wish to inform the chamber that Senator O'Neill will also sponsor this motion. I, and also on behalf of Senator O'Neill, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Government has proposed cutting public subsidies to the higher education enabling programs and introducing fees for these students for the first time,

(ii) from 2011 to 2015, the University of Newcastle had the highest number of students in enabling programs, and

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Senate calls on government to abandon cuts to higher education enabling programs

Lee Rhiannon 17 Oct 2017

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17 October 2017

Senate calls on government to abandon cuts to higher education enabling programs

The Senate today has passed a Greens-ALP motion calling on the government to abandon plans to cut public subsidies to Newcastle University enabling programs and introduce fees for students for the first time.

These cuts are the last thing the Hunter region needs as they come off the back of an 18-month high unemployment rate, said Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens Newcastle councillor John Mackenzie.

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Motion: LGBTIQ Homelessness

NOTICE OF MOTION                                                                                   12 September 2017

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move  –

That the Senate –

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Greens stand with students to fight harsh uni cuts

The Australian Greens stand in solidarity with students protesting around the country today against the government's harsh university cuts.

"This government's attacks on students will not go unnoticed and will not go unchallenged," Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The Greens stand in solidarity with students protesting against these cruel and unnecessary cuts. These harsh cuts will price young people out of an education and make it harder for them to repay their uni loans.

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Time to focus on teaching for better student outcomes

The Australian Greens say today’s NAPLAN results shine a light on a glaring missing part of the puzzle in setting up Aussie kids for success in the classroom: investing in quality teaching.

“It’s clear from today’s NAPLAN results that we need a focus on placing greater value on teaching as a profession; attracting the best and brightest, and keeping them in the profession,” Greens education spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Harrowing sexual assault report shows our university students deserve better

The Australian Greens are urging the Federal Government to assist universities in implementing the recommendations from the Australian Human Rights Commission’s report into sexual assault and harassment on university campuses.

“This report paints an ugly picture of what life on campus is for too many young women. Every student deserves to be able to study and learn in a safe, respectful environment. Our universities must act,” Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens back ‘Genuine Gonski’ and public schools in Senate inquiry report

The Australian Greens have highlighted several major concerns with the government’s proposed schools funding model in a Senate inquiry report that was tabled in the Parliament today.

“After weeks of evidence, it’s clear that we can’t support the legislation in its current form,” the Greens’ education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The Greens are committed to the genuine Gonski of fair, needs-based schools funding that both Labor and the Liberals have so far failed to put on the table.

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