Commenting on the Turnbull government's decision to shelve university deregulation Australian Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said:
"This is a huge win for thousands of NSW staff, students, their families and unions who ran a fierce and formidable campaign for many months against the Liberal-National government's deregulation agenda.
"Any future government should think twice the next time they try to rip billions from public universities, give millions to private education providers and introduce $100,000 degrees.
"The Turnbull government must rule out future funding cuts to public universities and deregulation. This policy would damage universities in NSW particularly those in regional areas.
"It is shameful that a rich country like Australia gives billions of dollars to big polluters while under-funding public higher education in comparison to the OECD average.
"In the campaign to defeat deregulation the Greens are proud to have stood with the community right from the beginning. We will continue to advocate for a world class well-funded and free public education system for public universities.
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