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Greens label Pyne's latest thought bubble a desperate face-saving measure

Lee Rhiannon 21 Jan 2015

The Australian Greens say the latest iteration of the Abbott/Pyne higher education Bill is a face saving measure designed to save the Prime Minister's political skin and have called on the Government to take their proposal for higher student fees to an election.

"The Coalition's latest desperate gambit, the reduction of funding cuts in order to shepherd through fee deregulation, already looks to have failed with the Greens, Labor and crossbenchers remaining firmly opposed to increasing student fees," said Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon.

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5000 Australians to Muir and Madigan: Don’t vote for higher university fees

Lee Rhiannon 16 Jan 2015

5000 Australian students, future students and their allies have joined the ‘1 Million Reasons’ campaign to send key crossbench Senators a postcard asking them to vote down the Abbott government’s higher education cuts. 

Launched on Tuesday, ‘1 Million Reasons’ will customise, print and post a postcard for six of the key crossbench Senators for each sign up:

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Campaign launch: Greens gather their allies to defend public higher education

Lee Rhiannon 13 Jan 2015

The Greens have launched a new campaign that allows current students, future students and their allies to let key cross bench Senators know the enormity of their vote if they support the Abbott Government's education cuts and deregulation.

Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"The Abbott government is waging a war on public education in Australia and we are gathering our allies to fight back to defend it.

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New poll shows Australians reject Abbott Governments desperate higher ed ad campaign

Lee Rhiannon 27 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens have said new polling released by the National Tertiary Education Union shows the Abbott Government should come clean on exactly how many millions of dollars of public money was spent on its dishonest higher education propaganda campaign.

NTEU polling released today shows that only 22 per cent of people have seen the ads and 55 per cent of people think it is inappropriate and unacceptable for the Abbott Government to spend public money to make the case for its higher education bill.

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Pyne's higher education propaganda campaign boon for Netflix, online streaming services

Lee Rhiannon 8 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Rhiannon has criticised Education Minister Christopher Pyne's use of public money to run television advertisements in order to sell his higher education cuts which were voted down by the Senate last week.

"Running a TV ad campaign shows how out of touch Mr Pyne is with students. If there are still students left watching TV, these ads will surely make them rush to Netflix and other online services in order to avoid being subject to the government's spin whenever they try and watch TV," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Big win for students, staff, community - Abbott govt's elitist higher education plan voted down

Lee Rhiannon 3 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens have welcomed the defeat of the Abbott government's higher education cuts that would have left students with 100k debts and massive cuts to university funding.

"This is a significant win for the tens of thousands of students, staff, and the education unions who have run such a strong and visible campaign for the past few months.

"The Greens opposed these cuts from day one and are proud to have stood with the advocates for public universities right from moment these cuts were announced in the May budget.

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Deregulation + HecsWatch - Pyne's Higher Education Bill

Lee Rhiannon 1 Dec 2014

Commenting on Christopher Pyne's amendments to the Higher Education bill Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"Christopher Pyne's desperate attempts to force through his damaging plans to deregulate student fees and cut university funding should be scrapped in its entirety because it will hurt students, staff and the community.

"Christopher Pyne's amendments don't provide the protection they seem to offer - giving the ACCC ‘price monitoring powers' will result in a higher education equivalent of the much derided ‘FuelWatch' scheme.

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Greens win Senate inquiry into private vocational education and training providers

Lee Rhiannon 24 Nov 2014

The Australian Senate today unanimously passed a Greens motion moved by higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon to establish an inquiry into the operation, regulation and funding of private vocational education and training providers in Australia.

Senator Rhiannon said: "This inquiry is urgently needed as governments across Australia are ripping hundreds of millions of dollars out of TAFE funding - leading to hundreds of job losses and massive fee increases for students.

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An open letter to Universities Australia

Lee Rhiannon 24 Nov 2014

24 November 2014

In response to a letter sent from Universities Australia to all crossbench Senators today, Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon has published the following reply:

An open letter to Universities Australia

Dear Universities Australia,

Like you, the Greens are very aware that without strong and sustainable universities, Australia risks being left behind.

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