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Committee: Trade Support Loans Bill 2014

Lee Rhiannon 14 Jul 2014

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:41): By leave—I move Greens amendments (1) and (2), and (4) to (7) and request (3) on sheet 7497.

As we are just coming back to this debate, it is worth, now we are in committee stage, reminding ourselves this is another attempt by the government to shift the costs, the funding needs of our public education sector onto students—in this case, onto apprentices. It is about the government saving itself a lot of money.

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Speech: Higher Education

Lee Rhiannon 14 Jul 2014

It is fascinating to listen to how Senator Ryan and Senator Carr see higher education. Senator Carr gave Senator Ryan something pretty easy to come in on. Senator Ryan documented Labor's position in April and May 2013. Unfortunately Labor ditched that position when they went into opposition, which was certainly very shameful.

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Coalition's university cuts start biting - La Trobe to sack 15% of its workforce

Lee Rhiannon 24 Jun 2014

Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on Education Minister Christopher Pyne to scrap his plans to deregulate the university sector following announcements of huge staff and course cuts at La Trobe University.

"Funding cuts under both Labor and Coalition governments have bled universities dry," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The $65 million cuts announced at La Trobe will see 350 staff fired and the existing five faculties merged into two colleges.

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