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Estimates: Education and Employment Legislation Committee (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency)

Senator RHIANNON: Thank you, Professor Saunders. I noted you said that the staff numbers are currently 56, down 10. What were the staff numbers when TEQSA started?

Prof. Saunders : We had a staff level of about 100—not when we started, but we built up to staff level of about 100.

Senator RHIANNON: In what year, please?

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Estimates: Education and Employment Legislation Committee (Department of Education and Training)

Senator RHIANNON: This morning when we were trying to explore some of the advertising issues, I asked some questions that I would like to return to. Principle 4 of the department's guidelines for expenditure on advertising states, 'Any campaign must be instigated on the basis of a demonstrated need.' It is a quote you would obviously know well. Other than the government's desperation to pass its legislation, what was the demonstrated need for this advertising campaign?

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Our Plan for Jobs

The Greens have launched our jobs plans for Western Sydney and the Hunter.

Our plans would create tens of thousands of jobs, encourage sustainable growth and maintain the diversity of the economy.

The Abbott government is cutting vital public services and putting road blocks in the way of a new era of local manufacturing.

In contrast, the Greens would deliver revenue and jobs for communities in transport, construction, manufacturing, health, and education.

Click the link below to download our plan for Western Sydney.

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China’s move away from dirty coal: pressure on for Hunter transition plan

Unless Labor and the Coalition stop canoodling up to coal barons and start pulling together a transition plan, the Hunter Valley community will be facing further job losses, said Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon.

“China’s announcement that it will move away from dirty coal is excellent for the environment and people’s health; however, the impact on the Hunter must be taken very seriously,”  said Senator Rhiannon.

“Australia must plan and participate in China’s move away from dirty coal and towards renewables.

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Motion: Creation of a national portable workplace entitlement scheme

Lee moves that the Education and Employment References Committee investigate the creation of a nationwide portable workplace entitlement scheme for long service leave and any other workplace entitlements. 

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:38): I, and also on behalf of Senator Madigan, move:

That the following matter be referred to the Education and Employment References Committee for inquiry and report by 24 November 2014:

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Motion: Inquiry into portable long service leave

Lee's motion for the Education and Employment References Committee to inquire into the creation of a portable long service leave scheme does not receive Senate support. 

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:20): I move:

That the following matter be referred to the Education and Employment References Committee for inquiry and report by 27 November 2014:

Portable long service leave, with consideration given to:

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