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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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Government must face facts: South Australian schools will lose $335 million

The Senate has called on Federal Education Minister to explain which South Australian schools are set to suffer as a result of the 2018 Gonski funding cliff, following an Australian Greens motion passing this afternoon.

“Schools across South Australia set to lose out on $335 million in funding as the Government carelessly heads toward the Gonski funding cliff next year. Education Minister Simon Birmingham needs to face up to the fact that schools in his state will face losing teachers and programs,” Australian Greens education spokesperson Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Time to talk about genuine needs-based education funding

While it is welcome to see some honesty around the over-funding of some of the wealthiest private schools, we need real action to put fairness into schools funding, The Australian Greens say.

“It’s high time this Government talked seriously about cutting funds to grossly over-funded private schools only the richest of the rich can send their children to, but part of that conversation needs to seriously focus on a fair funding model for all Australian schools,” Greens education spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Turnbull’s Senate blackmail hits families already doing it tough

The Prime Minister’s proposal to make childcare more affordable while cutting the family tax benefit is an attack on families already struggling, the Australian Greens say.

“Malcolm Turnbull is trying to blackmail the Senate; holding families struggling to pay for childcare at ransom, while giving a hand out to big business and the big banks,” Greens education and finance spokesperson Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Young people lose out in MYEFO as generation gap worsens

Australian Greens Finance and Youth spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has slammed the Turnbull government for its inaction in bridging the generation gap in today’s MYEFO.
 
“The Turnbull government has done nothing today to tackle looming generational inequality,” Senator Hanson-Young said.
 
"With budget cuts to services and little to tackle slow wage growth or housing affordability, young Australians remain the big losers under this Government. 
 

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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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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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