Commenting on Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s decision to split his higher education Bill, Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:
“Christopher Pyne’s announcement is the latest desperate manoeuvre from a desperate government. Having lost several key votes in the Senate, the government’s plan to split the Bill is a last-ditch attempt to save face by avoiding a negative vote.
“Mr Pyne’s plan for $100,000 degrees and massive cuts to universities has not changed.
“He says he has listened to the crossbench, but his higher education reforms remain exactly the same. All he has done is split the Bills.
“After promising the Bill would be voted on by March, the Abbott government will now drag universities through more months of uncertainty.
“University staff, students, and the community have comprehensively rejected Mr Pyne’s deregulation agenda.
“It beggars belief that this measure is continuing to limp through the parliament. It’s time for Mr Pyne to put it out of its misery.”