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Budget setback for higher education revolution

Lee Rhiannon 9 May 2012

The under-investment in higher education contained in last night’s budget could render Labor’s education revolution a casualty of its political surplus target, Australian Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

“Underfunding universities and TAFE colleges to deliver a budget surplus is a setback for the Government’s higher education reform agenda,” said Senator Rhiannon.

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Legislation: Education Services for Overseas Students

Lee Rhiannon 29 Feb 2012

Committee Stage, Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment (Tuition Protection Service and Other Measures) Bill 2011, Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment (Tuition Protection Service) Bill 2011, Education Services for Overseas Students (TPS Levies) Bill 2011

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Australia sits at rock bottom for uni funding: Greens call for immediate 10 per cent increase

Lee Rhiannon 28 Feb 2012

The Australian Greens have called on the Gillard government to reposition Australia so it is ahead of the OECD average for public investment in higher education, to redress the current situation where Australia’s expenditure was 0.7 per cent of GDP in 2008, falling well short of the 1.0 per cent OECD average and lower than 25 out of 30 countries which spent more than Australia.

The major parties voted against Senator Lee Rhiannon’s higher education funding motion (below) in the Senate today.

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Greens seek funding for Wollongong Uni student union and uni

Lee Rhiannon 22 Feb 2012

Greens Senator and higher education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon is visiting the University of Wollongong for O-week today to meet with students and discuss funding for the student union and the university.

Senator Rhiannon is calling on the new Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings to stop stalling and commit to passing on to the student union funding collected from students as a result of legislative changes allowing the imposition of a student services and amenities fee.

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Cloud over Syd Uni O-Week: 100 jobs on chopping block

Lee Rhiannon 21 Feb 2012

Moves by Sydney University to axe 100 academic jobs and move a further 60 to teaching-only roles is a blow to quality education at Sydney University and shows a lack of good faith in negotiations, said Greens Senator and Higher Education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

“Students rocking up to O-Week at Sydney University will be disappointed to learn of these massive job cuts and are entitled to be concerned for the quality of their courses”, said Senator Rhiannon.

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