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Regressive higher education plans a vote changer - Pyne, other MPs risk losing seats

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Lee Rhiannon 14 Jul 2014

14 July 2014

Regressive higher education plans a vote changer - Pyne, other MPs risk losing seats

In the face of mounting public opposition to the Coalition's move to push higher education costs onto students, reflected in a new round of independent polling, the Greens have called on Education Minister Christopher Pyne to scrap the planned changes.

Independent polling commissioned by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) shows that a number of Coalition MPs, including Minister Pyne, would lose their seats if the 10 per cent swing against the government occurred at an election.

Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said, "the message from this polling is clear - the Abbott Government's destructive changes to higher education are a vote changer.

"A number of my crossbench colleagues have indicated they do not support Minister Pyne's regressive changes, and I will be working with them to block his destructive agenda.

"Education is one of the most valuable investments any society can make. But under Mr Pyne's elitist plan many people will miss out on going to university. People from regional areas, those on low incomes and many women will be particularly hard-hit.

"I have found that many students, families, and academic staff across Australia are very worried about student's accruing massive debts they may not be able to pay off in their working life.

"The polling data confirms how widespread the rejection of Mr Pyne's higher education policy is.

"Coalition backbenchers would be wise to put pressure on Minister Pyne to scrap the government's backward policies.

"This latest round of polling similar to the independent polling commissioned by the Greens in June, showed that the Coalition government's changes to higher education are opposed by an overwhelming majority of the community," said Senator Rhiannon.

The Greens independent polling methodology and results are available here:

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