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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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An open letter to Universities Australia

Lee Rhiannon 24 Nov 2014

MEDIA COMMENT
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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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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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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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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Greens launch bid to boost university funding

The Australian Greens today launched a new plan to boost university funding by 10 per cent - or $1.474 billion - over the next four years to improve the quality of higher education.

The Greens proposal, which has been costed by the Parliamentary Budget Office and is calculated on base funding levels prior to Labor's $2.3 billion budget cuts, will be gradually phased in from 2014 to 2017, applied at a rate of 2.5 per cent per calendar year from 1 January next year.

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