Responding to the Abbott government's changes to student visa applications, Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon said:
"The only winners under this new scheme will be the private colleges who can again tap into a stream of international students.
"International student numbers are growing strongly under the existing regime - up more than 11 per cent compared to 2014.
"There isn't any evidence that easing restrictions put in place to prevent students from being ripped off by dodgy colleges is a win for students or for quality education.
"Just last month the Abbott government was saying it was willing to consider an audit of training providers to weed out rorting, and now they are making changes to make it easier for international students to enrol in these training providers.
"The Federal Coalition Government failed twice to hand out $500 million in subsidies to private, for-profit higher education companies in the 2014 and 2015 budget and has now found a way to help out their mates in the sector through changes to visas for international students.
"Labor should stand by their changes that were designed to protect quality and the interests of students.
Contact: Brami Jegan for Senator Rhiannon 0487 350 880