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One million hits on Greens new ‘What will my degree cost?' website while VCs unite against Coalition's reforms

Lee Rhiannon 5 Jun 2014

One million hits on Greens new ‘What will my degree cost?' website while VCs unite against Coalition's reforms

The Greens are calling on Education Minister Christopher Pyne to scrap his plans to cut more than $5 billion out of university funding and increase fees for students following Universities Australia's extraordinary intervention into the debate.

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What will my degree cost?

Lee Rhiannon 4 Jun 2014

The Greens have launched a website to help the millions of students, graduates, future students and their families understand how the Coalition Government's extreme and regressive changes to higher education are going to impact them.

The website ‘What will my degree cost?' gives every individual the chance to estimate the direct financial impact of these changes by adjusting variables such as what course they study, their total student debt and their starting salary.

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Pyne contradicts Department of Education website on student debt changes

Lee Rhiannon 1 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon has accused Education Minister Christopher Pyne for not being across key details of his radical and regressive reforms to the higher education sector.

"On the ABC's Insiders this morning Mr Pyne claimed that the new student debt arrangements, that will see students pay a real interest rate of up to 6 per cent on their debt, will only impact students enrolling from this year," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Liberal fundraiser linked to private company set to profit from government higher education changes

Lee Rhiannon 30 May 2014

Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon has written to ICAC requesting  that they investigate prominent Liberal fundraiser Paul Nicolaou’s links to Group Colleges Australia (, which is set to receive government funding under the Coalition government’s changes to higher education.

“Our research reveals Group Colleges Australia has donated over $74 ,000 to the Liberal Party since 2009,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Greens stand with university students and staff at National Day of Action

Lee Rhiannon 21 May 2014

The Australian Greens today expressed their solidarity with the demands of students and staff opposing the Coalition government’s $5.8 billion cuts to higher education.

“The Greens will vote against every one of the cuts to the higher education budget,” said Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.

“If the Labor Party and the Palmer United Party vote with the Greens we can defeat these cuts in the Senate and stop them from being legislated.

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$5.8 billion of cuts to higher education will devastate universities and hit disadvantaged students hardest

Lee Rhiannon 14 May 2014

Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon has said the Coalition Government has used the budget to continue its attack on public education and pursue its vision for a more unequal, elitist education system.

“HECS as we know is to be abolished and replaced with an unfair and regressive user-pays model,” said Senator Rhiannon.

“Graduates on lower incomes will now be saddled with a higher debt than those on higher incomes, as a result of the charging of real interest rates of up to 6% on HECS debt.

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Greens will fight Coalition’s Americanisation of higher education

Lee Rhiannon 1 May 2014

Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon has today criticised the Abbott government’s plans to increase student fees and create a more inequitable, US-style university system.

“The Abbott government’s Commission of Audit report puts forward a nightmare scenario for Australia’s higher education sector,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“The government is already proposing to jack up student fees to fund public subsidies to private, for-profit education companies.

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Greens condemn Abbott’s elitist plan for universities

Lee Rhiannon 28 Apr 2014

Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne to come clean on their plans to increase student fees and deregulate the university system.

“For months, Mr Pyne has deflected questions about his plans to impose a privatised university system by hiding by the budget. Now he is warding off questions by making these announcements overseas”, Senator Rhiannon said.

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Tony Abbott must protect UTAS and reject elitist plan for universities

The Australian Greens say plans to increase student fees while ripping $2.4 billion away from universities would hurt an already struggling sector in Tasmania, and clearly demonstrates how the Abbott government has got its priorities wrong.

Coalition MP's have indicated support for the Kemp-Norton review, which earlier this month recommended giving taxpayer funds to private institutions, abolishing targets for supporting disadvantaged students, and covering a drop in government contributions with an increase in student fees.

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Cancelled - Wollongong Senate TAFE Inquiry -Coalition Senators no show

Lee Rhiannon 8 Apr 2014

Greens spokesperson on TAFE Senator Lee Rhiannon has said the last minute cancellation of the Wollongong hearing of the Senate Inquiry into technical and further education is insulting to the people of the Illawarra.

"The cancellation is a serious setback to the Senate's work on the future of vocational education and training and points to a political decision behind the no show of Coalition Senators in Wollongong today," Senator Rhiannon said.

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