WHAT: Australian Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon will speak alongside students and academics at a cross-campus student rally in Sydney against Federal Labor's proposed $2.3 billion university funding cuts
WHERE: Fisher Library forecourt, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney campus, Camperdown
WHEN: 12pm Wednesday 24 April
PHOTO OPP: Senator Rhiannon, academics, students and banners at rally. Photos available on request.
Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said: "Pressure is mounting on Federal Labor from students, academics and university management to reverse their massive funding cuts.
"Since the cuts were announced, students have rallied on campuses around Australia, the media has been awash with loud criticisms from the highest levels of our universities and today it was revealed that UTS Vice Chancellor Ross Milbourne emailed all UTS students urging them to voice their opposition to the cuts.
"Queensland students and academics are joining together for an emergency rally today and tomorrow's cross-campus student rally in Sydney will continue this rolling dissent.
"At tomorrow's rally, I will call on Federal Labor to restore the recent $2.3 billion cuts to universities in the May budget and guarantee secure ongoing funding for our universities.
"Since 2011 Labor, with backing from the Coalition, have proposed more than $4 billion in higher education budget cuts.
"These latest cuts will put more pressure on university management to find cost savings, like cutting jobs, axing courses and increasing class sizes.
"Rather than robbing universities to boost schools funding, the government should fully fund the Gonski school reforms by fixing the mining tax" said Senator Rhiannon.