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Greens condemn Abbott’s elitist plan for universities

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Lee Rhiannon 28 Apr 2014

Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne to come clean on their plans to increase student fees and deregulate the university system.

“For months, Mr Pyne has deflected questions about his plans to impose a privatised university system by hiding by the budget. Now he is warding off questions by making these announcements overseas”, Senator Rhiannon said.

Senator Rhiannon was responding to Mr Pyne’s comments about university deregulation, made today in London.

“Fee deregulation is code for jacking up fees at Australia’s highest ranked universities – and creating a more unequal, elitist education system.

“Calls to increase student fees to fund subsidies for private, for-profit teaching institutions have been opposed by The Greens, students, and university staff. This would hurt our public universities, which are already facing cuts.

“The Abbott government is already trying to ram through $2.4 billion in cuts to universities. The cuts will increase the debt of the most disadvantaged students by up to 50%, with student debt projected to skyrocket over the next decade” Senator Rhiannon said.

“When Mr Pyne returns to Australia, he must be prepared to come clean to students. They deserve to know that they will be footing the bill for the government’s elitist university plan.”

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