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Australian Greens launch national campaign to reverse Labor’s uni cuts

The Australian Greens today launched a new national campaign - Uni Cuts Hurt - to reverse Labor's $2.3 billion university funding cuts.

The Greens campaign is working for a 10 per cent increase in per student base funding, an additional $50 per week for students on Youth Allowance, greater job security and the rights of unions to enter workplaces.

As part of the campaign Greens Senators will work with university students and staff across the country to reverse the funding cuts to universities and retain student start-up scholarships.

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Greens step up national campaign to boost higher education funding

Lee Rhiannon 24 May 2013

This week the Australian Greens stepped up their national campaign to reverse the $2.3 billion university funding cuts, with Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne visiting Adelaide University to kick off a national series of Greens' campus meetings.

Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon presented a petition to Higher Education Minister Craig Emerson earlier this month with over 3,500 signatures, collected in just two weeks, calling on the Labor government to stop the budget cuts.

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Greens Join South Australian Students to Stop Uni Cuts

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne and Senator Sarah Hanson-Young have joined South Australian universities and students today to oppose Labor and Tony Abbott’s $2.3 billion university cuts.
Senator Milne said slashing funding to universities will hurt 70,000 South Australian students who will face more crowded classrooms and extra pressure due to cuts.
“Labor’s plan to make the start-up scholarships a part of HECS will add additional burdens for up to 18,000 of South Australia’s most disadvantaged students,” Senator Milne said.

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Scholarship cuts short-change low income and regional uni students

Lee Rhiannon 21 Nov 2012

The Australian Greens today voted against a last-minute amendment in the Senate to delay the indexation of scholarships targeted at low-income students to assist with the high costs of starting higher education.

The amendment, tacked on to the Higher Education Support Amendment (Streamlining) Bill 2012, will delay the indexation of Student Start-Up Scholarships until January 2017 and was flagged in the recent Mid-Year Economic Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO).

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Motion: Calling on University of Western Sydney to hold fire on course and job cuts and for 10% increase in universities funding

Lee Rhiannon 20 Nov 2012

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:10): I move:

1) The Senate notes that:

a) The University of Western Sydney (UWS) has foreshadowed planned cuts to economics and community languages courses and academic staffing cuts across various schools.

b) UWS claims the cuts are in response to budgetary pressures due to lower than expected student enrolments following the uncapping of university places, however the university still carries a budget surplus and can expect a steady increase in enrolments over time.

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