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Tabled Senate report into higher ed bill: evidence overwhelming - bill must be defeated

Lee Rhiannon 28 Oct 2014

The Greens say it is unsurprising that the Coalition dominated Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee has concluded that Christopher Pyne's elitist higher education bill should be passed.

"While the Committee's majority report is as expected, it is still disappointing that the students, staff and independent experts who have presented strong and well researched submissions arguing about the inherent inequity in the Bill have been completely ignored," said Greens higher education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

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Pyne higher education bill will not provide free higher education as Minister claims

Lee Rhiannon 28 Oct 2014

The Greens have said Christopher Pyne's higher education cuts will not lead to "free higher education", as some have suggested but are instead going to leave thousands of students and their families with an exorbitant amount of debt.

"Christopher Pyne's latest spin that his bill will give people free higher education is so wrong. It's actually quite unbelievable how deceptive the Minister is," said Greens higher education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

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Sydney Uni VC deceptive on scholarships - fee deregulation will hurt students

Lee Rhiannon 27 Oct 2014

The Greens say the University of Sydney's Vice-chancellor Michael Spence is misleading the public with his comments that fee deregulation will allow the university to hand out more scholarships.

"Mr Spence is attempting to rob Peter to pay Paul - but in this instance both Peter and Paul are University of Sydney students," Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

"These scholarships won't even exist unless universities increase their student fees by at least 20 per cent.

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Time to start again on higher education reforms

Lee Rhiannon 24 Oct 2014

The Greens have called on Education Minister Christopher Pyne to withdraw the government's higher education bill now before the Senate and commit to reforms that ensure higher education provides opportunity for all rather than privilege for the few.

"Minister Pyne has backed a loser with his higher education bill and it is time he scrapped it," Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

"The Pyne bill mark 2 makes no significant changes to the current legislation. He is attempting to con cross bench Senators.

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Win on student debt: time to dump entire higher education bill

Lee Rhiannon 20 Oct 2014

The Greens have said the Government's backdown on interest rate changes to student debt is a tribute to the strong community opposition to the Pyne higher education bill and underlines that it's time to dump the entire package. 

"The win on student debt is thanks to the mobilisation and activism of thousands of students, their families and unions against Mr Pyne's higher education bills," said Greens higher education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

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Student protest at Senate inquiry into Pyne higher education bill

Lee Rhiannon 10 Oct 2014

The Greens today congratulated students and staff for their colourful protest against student debt staged on the last day of the Senate Inquiry into Christopher Pyne's regressive higher education bill. 

"Today's protest against student debt brought some balance to the evidence from numerous Vice Chancellors who have backed the Coalition government's plan to cut $5 billion from the higher education sector," Greens spokesperson for Higher Education Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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