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NSW unis set to lose $1.3 billion - Greens' plan to vote down higher education cuts

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Lee Rhiannon 17 Nov 2014

The Greens will move to vote down the Coalition's higher education cuts immediately when they are debated in the Senate this week.

Greens spokesperson for Higher Education Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has written to Labor Senator Kim Carr and the Palmer Uniter Party leader Clive Palmer proposing that when the Bill is up for debate in the Senate, ‘the Palmer United Party, the Greens, Labor and other Senators opposed to this legislation combine to vote it down'.

NTEU modelling* shows the Coalition's higher education cuts will rip over $1.3 billion out of NSW universities in just three years.

"Voting down the Bill this week will provide certainty to the university sector and the community, and create the space for genuine debate about how to build up public higher education in Australia," said Senator Rhiannon.

"There are more than 366 326 students and around 35 009* staff at NSW universities who are going to be affected by these regressive higher education changes.

"Increases in fees and debt, will hit low-socio economic students, who make up about 21.5* per cent of NSW's student population, the hardest.

"With student fees expected to increase by about 30 per cent and skyrocketing debt, it is likely many future students will reconsider going to university.

"Fees up to $100,000 are not going to be Tony Abbott's problem - they are going to be a burden on current students and future generations," said Senator Rhiannon.

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