The Australian Greens have welcomed Universities Australia's call for increased government funding to the higher education sector, and applaud their decision to withdraw support for the Abbott government's policy of university fee deregulation.
"With Universities Australia withdrawing support for deregulation, the Abbott government should acknowledge it has lost its main support base and drop its proposals to increase fees and cut public funding" said Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.
"It is good to hear that Universities Australia will now be lobbying for increased government funding towards higher education, something the Australian Greens and groups like the National Tertiary Education Union have long been calling for.
"Australia is the only OECD country where the real public contribution to tertiary education institutions has remained static over the past two decades
"2013 Commonwealth Government modelling has shown that for every $1 invested in higher education the economy grows by $26. It is a wise long term investment in our social well-being, and will help to set Australia up for a prosperous, sustainable future.
"I look forward to discussing how to work with Universities Australia towards increased government funding for higher education.
"The Australian Greens want a future in which all Australians can afford high quality and accessible higher education," said Senator Rhiannon.