Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:
"Reports that Labor is going to vote with the Coalition to slash Start-Up scholarships and replace them with loans is alarming as the impact this will have on disadvantaged students and families will be severe.
"If Labor votes to end the $2050-a-year scholarship which helps students from -disadvantaged backgrounds as well rural and regional areas, they will be supporting the Coalition's brutal attack on students and public education.
"In many cases Start-Up Scholarships are the difference between whether ¬students from disadvantaged rural and regional areas can go to university or not.
"Labor needs to clarify its position immediately. Will it vote with the Greens to protect students or will it vote with the Coalition to slash scholarships and massively increase the debt burden on the most needy students?"
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