The Australian Greens say the latest iteration of the Abbott/Pyne higher education Bill is a face saving measure designed to save the Prime Minister's political skin and have called on the Government to take their proposal for higher student fees to an election.
"The Coalition's latest desperate gambit, the reduction of funding cuts in order to shepherd through fee deregulation, already looks to have failed with the Greens, Labor and crossbenchers remaining firmly opposed to increasing student fees," said Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon.
"If Mr Abbott wants to pursue his ideological agenda of an elitist higher education system in Australia, he should take it to the next election.
"The Government is treating the Senate like a pack of mugs if it thinks Senators can't see through its desperate bid to reduce spending cuts in order to pass deregulation.
"The Coalition has refused to rule out future spending cuts to higher education and in that context Senators can see deregulation for what it really is - a framework for future cuts," said Senator Rhiannon
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