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Thousands tell Abbott and Pyne – ditch higher education cuts

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Adam Bandt 12 Feb 2015

Thousands tell Abbott and Pyne – ditch higher education cuts

Over 2000 Victorians have joined the 1 Million Reasons campaign to send key crossbench Senators a postcard asking them to vote down the Coalition government’s higher education cuts.

“Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne would do well to listen to the tens of thousands of Australians who have spoken out against the Coalition’s elitist higher education bill over the past 10 months,” said the Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon.

Across Australia, more than 6200 students, former students and their allies have joined the campaign to oppose the changes, which will increase student fees by about 30 per cent and lock students and families into skyrocketing debt.

“This bill will hit students from regional areas and disadvantaged backgrounds hardest,” said Greens Senator for Victoria Janet Rice.

“We should be making it easier for the younger generations to get an education, but the Abbott government seems set on creating barriers at every turn.”

Greens Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt MP said that making students pay more to go to university was part of a bigger attack on young Australians by the government.

“Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey’s Budget is a blatant attack on Australia’s young people,” said Mr Bandt.

“Melbourne’s students shouldn’t graduate with a debt the size of a small mortgage.”

“Before this bill is defeated in the Senate for the second time, the Greens are calling on the Coalition to rip it up and start a conversation about how to build up higher education, not tear it down.”

 

Media Contact:

Senator Rice – Sam Drummond 0400 352 935

Adam Bandt MP – Adam Pulford 0429 109 054

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