Commenting on reports that the Abbott government will bank $3 billion in higher-education cuts in next week's budget, despite the relevant legislation being defeated, (The Aust: http://bit.ly/1R3fQEs), Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said:
"The Group of Eight Vice Chancellors who were the Abbott government's most vocal supporters of deregulation, need to start speaking out against this latest attack on universities which will strip away $3 billion dollars, despite these cuts being rejected by Parliament.
"Universities have had their funding cut under successive governments for many years now, and instead of being the vanguards of accessible and quality higher education, the Group of Eight VCs have acted like corporate CEOs who have used the cuts to put the case for deregulation.
"These $3bn budget savings that the Abbott government says they will make relate to two pieces of legislation that was defeated in Parliament.
"The Abbott government is essentially withholding this money from an ailing university sector, and the Group of Eight, need to start taking leadership on this.
Contact - Brami Jegan 0487 350 880