The Greens have said Treasurer Joe Hockey's admission that the five billion dollar cuts to higher education is a budget saving measure sends a clear message to the crossbench Senators to vote out the Pyne bill.
"Mr Hockey's statement that ‘We'll find any way we can to take the money out of the universities' reveals exactly what the Abbott Government's so called reforms are - savings for a Coalition fabricated budget emergency," said Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.
"Minister Christopher Pyne has been conning everyone from Vice Chancellors to cross bench senators that he has a reform plan for higher education.
"Compared to the Education Minister at least the Treasurer is being honest. This is a cost shifting exercise loading the burden onto students and their families.
"The Abbott government's higher education bill is poison to public universities. It should be voted down immediately so that we can build up our higher education sector, not destroy it.
"Australia is a rich country that can afford free higher education," said Senator Rhiannon.
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