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Dumb cuts hold no place in a bright competitive future

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Lee Rhiannon 1 Aug 2013

Responding to Australia's chief scientist Ian Chubb’s warning that a strategic approach to science, technology, engineering and maths is needed to deliver the Australia we want, the Australian Greens today renewed their call for the federal government to restore the $2.3 billion university budget cut and increase base public funding (http://bit.ly/13xQZwu).

Greens’ spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon said:  “The $2.3 billion  university budget cuts rob Australia of the bright and competitive future that our chief scientist outlined yesterday. 

“Mr Chubb is spot on when he says we need to act.  Slashing the higher education budget, a move supported by opposition leader Tony Abbott, when the sector is already struggling to cope, is dumb and fails to ensure the future of Australia. 

“Science, technology, engineering and maths will certainly suffer further from these dumb cuts, as will all other disciplines.  We are already seeing job losses at the Arts at UNSW.

“The government should back the Greens’ plan to immediately reverse the $2.3 billion higher education cuts and increase public funding by 10 per cent - costed at $1.5 billion over four years. This is a move supported by the National Tertiary Education Union, National Union of Students and Universities Australia”, said Senator Rhiannon.

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