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Review puts spotlight on securing increased public funding for universities

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 8 Dec 2011

Following the release of the Lomax-Smith review into base funding of higher education, the Australian Greens have renewed their call for a 10 per cent increase in public funding for higher education to secure the future of university education in Australia, said Greens Senator and higher education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

"The review undertaken for the federal government presents an opportunity to reverse the recent increases in class sizes, to boost teaching salaries and give greater support to students," Senator Rhiannon said.

“Public funding for universities per student is the same as it was a decade ago.

"Without adequate base funding universities will seek pricing flexibility to compete for student enrolments, pushing additional costs onto students through higher fees and charges.

"It would be unacceptable outcome if the government allowed the cost of any funding shortfall to be pushed onto students.

"The base funding review has recommended the principles for public investment in Australian higher education.

"The Greens are broadly supportive of the review.

"The Gillard government must commit to injecting more funds into universities as a budget priority to encourage Australia's tertiary institutions to grow in their role as the engine rooms of cultural and economic innovation," Senator Rhiannon said.

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