The Minister for Tertiary Education admitted yesterday in parliament, under questioning by Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, that there is a legitimate basis for concern about the quality of private VET providers, in particular some of the companies involved, following government reforms to the vocational education and training (VET) system.
Read Hansard of Senator Evans' response to Ms Rhiannon's question and her speech in reply.
The Australian Greens today expanded the terms of reference for a Senate inquiry into higher education and skills in agriculture to include research into climate change adaptation and sustainable agriculture, and ways to incorporate animal welfare principles into agricultural education.
"The Greens welcome the Senate Inquiry moved by Liberal Senator Chris Back and we are pleased that climate change adaptation and animal welfare will also be considered as part of this inquiry", said Greens Senator and higher education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.
Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment Bill 2011, Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Registration Charges Consequentials) Bill 2011, Thursday 15 September 2011
Second Reading speech of Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia)
(11.10 am)—I rise to speak to the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Bill and associated bills. I am happy to have heard both sides of the argument before putting forward the Greens position.