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Lee speaks against cuts to student support

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (17:10): The higher education package that the government has put before us is very troubling because what it would do to Australia in the long term is extremely serious. It would rip billions of dollars of funding from our public universities, it would put enormous hardship on our students and their families and it would really change the make-up of the types of people who would have the opportunity to gain an education.

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Universities Australia should get off the Pyne bandwagon

Lee Rhiannon 9 Sep 2014

Commenting on reports that the university sector want the Senate minor parties and independents to cut a deal on Christopher Pyne's higher education reforms (, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"Instead of putting pressure on Senators to support the Coalition's regressive and discriminatory changes to higher education, Universities Australia would better off calling on the government to boost public funding to universities.

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Only "constructive" action Pyne could take on higher education bill is to start again

Lee Rhiannon 27 Aug 2014

The Greens say Christopher Pyne's higher education plan does nothing more than slam the door on opportunity for millions of Australians.

"The Greens will not support Mr Pyne's legislative package that massively cuts government funding to higher education, adds to the financial burden students are under and strips away opportunities," Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Rhiannon said.

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Research funding blackmail will backfire: Bandt

Responding to reports that the Abbott government may threaten to slash to research funding in a bid to advance its university cuts agenda, Australian Greens research spokesperson and Deputy Leader, Adam Bandt, said the Greens won’t give in to blackmail.

“If Tony Abbott threatens cuts to research funding, he will be met with the mother of all protests,” said Mr Bandt.

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