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Op ed: Out Of The Ashes Of Deregulation, A New Vision For Public Universities Must Rise

Lee Rhiannon 30 Mar 2015

Lee's opinion piece on the future of higher education in Australia published today.

Last week, students across the country came together to fight the Abbott government’s agenda for higher education.

The National Day of Action, which came off the back of the two-time defeat of Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s university deregulation bill, shows that the community has rejected the government’s plan.

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Greens call for UoW managers to end all donations to Liberal Party coffers

Commenting on reports that representatives of the University of Wollongong have paid to attend Liberal Party fundraisers, Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

“University of Wollongong’s senior managers should come clean the thousands of dollars that have flowed to the Liberal Party from the university – and several of its university-controlled entities.

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Senate calls on Pyne to fix public funding fiasco

The Australian Senate has today passed a Greens motion calling on the Federal Liberal party to return the $15 million of public funds it spent advertising its failed party higher education policy.

“Christopher Pyne might call himself a ‘fixer’, but his efforts to blackmail the Senate have failed – and so have his attempts to brainwash the Australian public.

“The Abbott government set aside nearly $15 million to spend advertising its doomed plan for $100,000 degrees.

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Ebola report shows that aid funding must be restored

Commenting on the release of a landmark Médecins Sans Frontières report on the response to the Ebola epidemic, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

“This report shows us how inadequate the response to the Ebola crisis was.

“One year on from the outbreak of the Ebola crisis, it’s clear that we do not just need our aid budget ‘saved’ from further cuts – we need it restored.

“From the beginning, the Greens called on Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop to assist the growing international response by sending a large scale on-ground team to West Africa.

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Motions: Abbott government

Lee Rhiannon 24 Mar 2015

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:49): I move:

That the Senate-
(a) notes That the Abbott Government has allocated $14.6 million in public funding to advertise its failed higher education changes; and
(b) calls on the Abbott Government to:
(i) direct the Federal Liberal Party to return the $14.6 million of public money allocated to its higher education advertising campaign, and
(ii) shut down its publicly funded site, which was designed to advertise the failed changes.

Question agreed to.

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