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Handout to private sector + increased fees the only parts of Pyne plan left standing

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Lee Rhiannon 23 Jan 2015

The Australian Greens have today said that the biggest components left of Christopher Pyne's higher education Bill are a $450 million windfall to private higher education providers and debt that could be as high as $200 000 for some students.

"With Christopher Pyne signalling a back down on his plan to cut university funding by 20 per cent, his Bill now only serves two purposes: Subsidising private, for-profit providers to the tune of $450 million and deregulated fees leading to students who study
Veterinary Science ending up with a $200,000 debt, according to the Australian Veterinary Association," said Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"University students and their families will take an incredibly dim view of the Coalition's plans to increase fees in order to fund handouts to the private sector.

"Prime Minister Abbott has lost control of his higher education policy and if he is so hell bent on his elitist and neoliberal education agenda I challenge him to take it to an election," said Senator Rhiannon.

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