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Greens call on Australian unis to reject Pyne’s “cash for Lomborg” scheme

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Lee Rhiannon 21 May 2015

Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on all Australian universities to follow the example set by the University of Western Australia and reject Christopher Pyne’s desperate bid to find a host for his mate Bjorn Lomborg.

“UWA has shown leadership on this issue by listening to the concerns of their students, staff and the community,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“It would be extraordinary if another university decided to accept Mr Pyne’s $4 million cash for Lomborg scheme in light of UWA’s rejection.

“There has been some suggestion that a private university like Bond or the Australian Catholic University might accept the program.

“With the Pope about to make a critical statement to churches around the world that many predict will highlight the issue of climate change it is clear global momentum is moving towards action and away from scepticism.

“The only reason universities might feel under pressure to accept Mr Lomborg is because they are feeling the pinch as a result of billions of dollars of funding cuts threatened by the Abbott government.

“The government should drop their silly plan to find a home for Mr Lomborg and spend their time instead developing a plan to build up public higher education in Australia,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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