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Estimates: Economics Legislation Committee (Department of Industry)

Lee Rhiannon 27 Feb 2014

Economics Legislation Committee

27/02/2014

INDUSTRY PORTFOLIO - Department of Industry

Senator RHIANNON: Is it correct that the National Skills Standards Council had its last meeting cancelled?

Ms Anton : We will get the appropriate officers.

Senator RHIANNON: Thank you.

Dr Banerjee : We are just getting the right officers to the table, but my understanding is that there was a proposed meeting coming up shortly of the NSSC, and that will no longer go ahead.

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SA unis to lose $78m unless Labor joins Greens to stop Abbott cuts

Penny Wright 30 Nov 2013

More than $78 million will be ripped out of South Australian universities in the next four years if the Coalition's cuts to higher education go ahead, say Australian Greens Senators for South Australia Penny Wright and Sarah Hanson Young.

The party this week launched a national campaign lobbying selected Labor MPs for their support in blocking the Coalition's plan to rip $2.3 billion out of the higher education budget.

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Greens release modelling and launch campaign to stop Abbott slashing university funding

Lee Rhiannon 26 Nov 2013

MEDIA RELEASE
26 November 2013

Greens release modelling and launch campaign to stop Abbott slashing university funding

The Australian Greens today launched their new campaign to block the Coalition’s bills to rip $2.3 billion out of the higher education budget.

The bills to amend the Higher Education Support Act and Social Services Act are expected to be debated in parliament next week. If Labor votes with the Greens in the Senate against these cuts they will not become law.

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Greens: Labor should block Coalition’s $2.3 billion cuts to higher education

Adam Bandt 21 Nov 2013

The Greens are calling on Labor to vote with them to block the Coalition’s Bills to amend to Higher Education Support Act and Social Services Act that implement the $2.3 billion cuts to the higher education budget.

Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon said: “The Greens campaigned strongly against these cuts during the federal election, and we will continue to stand alongside staff, students and the community by opposing them in the House and in the Senate.

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Pyne’s ‘deregulate’ call first step to lower university standards?

Lee Rhiannon 24 Oct 2013

Responding to Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s comments on changes in the mechanism for maintaining university standards Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

“Universities receive billions from the federal government so it is appropriate there is regulation to ensure that public money is being spent to enhance the quality of education at our campuses.

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