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Pyne's higher education propaganda campaign boon for Netflix, online streaming services

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 8 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Rhiannon has criticised Education Minister Christopher Pyne's use of public money to run television advertisements in order to sell his higher education cuts which were voted down by the Senate last week.

"Running a TV ad campaign shows how out of touch Mr Pyne is with students. If there are still students left watching TV, these ads will surely make them rush to Netflix and other online services in order to avoid being subject to the government's spin whenever they try and watch TV," Senator Rhiannon said.

"Prospective university students and the wider community will take a pretty cynical view of Mr Pyne using public money to propagandise his failed higher education cuts.

"Mr Pyne is treating the community like mugs with this desperate campaign - arguing that regional universities will be better off, when in reality they are demanding half a billion dollars to assist with the negative impacts of fee deregulation.

"Not once does the ad mention that the government wants to cut university funding by 20% and increase student fees which could see $100,000 degrees

"Students and the community will see right through this misleading and dishonest campaign," Senator Rhiannon said.

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