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New poll shows Australians reject Abbott Governments desperate higher ed ad campaign

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Lee Rhiannon 27 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens have said new polling released by the National Tertiary Education Union shows the Abbott Government should come clean on exactly how many millions of dollars of public money was spent on its dishonest higher education propaganda campaign.

NTEU polling released today shows that only 22 per cent of people have seen the ads and 55 per cent of people think it is inappropriate and unacceptable for the Abbott Government to spend public money to make the case for its higher education bill.

Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Rhiannon said this polling has proved just how out of touch the Abbott Government is with students.

"If the Abbott government is going to spend millions of dollars of public money trying to convince the community to support their elitist plans for higher education then it should tell the public just how much it has spent.

"This propaganda campaign not only has factual errors, it is also highly deceiving in failing to mention that the government wants to cut university funding by 20 per cent and increase student fees which could see $100,000 degrees

"The NTEU polling proves that students and the community have seen right through this misleading and dishonest campaign - a third of those who have seen the ad are more likely to oppose the Abbott governments plans.

"Prime Minister Tony Abbott would be wise to rethink his strategy of tearing down higher education in Australia," Senator Rhiannon said.


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