Responding to the release of a new paper on higher education policy by ANU academic Bruce Chapman, Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon said:
"Professor Chapman's paper reiterates the conclusions reached by similar analysis undertaken by the National Tertiary Education Union, the Greens and Universities Australia - Mr Pyne's changes to higher education funding will hit the poor and women the hardest.
"The evidence is now overwhelming - the government should immediately drop its proposed regressive changes to higher education funding.
"Mr Pyne should not be looking to disadvantaged students and low-income graduates for budget savings.
"Reports that the Group of 8 universities will support the government's proposals if a compromise is reached on HECS interest rates are deeply concerning. Universities should be putting the interests of their staff and students ahead of the priorities of their finance departments.
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