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Adjournment Speech: TAFE Cuts in New England

Lee Rhiannon 28 Nov 2017

On Monday 27th of November, 2017, Lee gave the following speech in the Senate.

I'm very pleased to be following my colleague Senator Andrew Bartlett, and I congratulate the Queensland Greens on their amazing and fantastic outcome due to all the hard work and strategic planning that's gone on for well over a year. I had the pleasure of joining them for a short time on the campaign trial and I warmly congratulate them.

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Clinton gives lead to Sydney universities on free higher education

Lee Rhiannon 1 Aug 2016

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the Vice Chancellors of Sydney and UNSW universities, Michael Spence and Ian Jacobs, to break ranks with the Group of Eight and give strong backing to extra funding for public universities.

“At a time when the possible next US President, Hilary Clinton, is backing free education for working and middle class students in the United States, the best we hear from major universities like Sydney and UNSW is to crack down on numbers,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Baird’s TAFE NSW plan an excuse to sell land assets

Lee Rhiannon 13 Jul 2016

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on the news that TAFE institutes across the state will be all dismantled and ‘streamlined’ under a single provider. 

“Folding ten TAFE institutions into one will obviously have major repercussions, including job losses and campus sales. 

“These reforms actually do not do anything to address the problem with TAFE in NSW, which is that the contestability model has failed. 

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Restoring the TAFE system to provide strong learning foundations for Australians

Lee Rhiannon 15 Jun 2016

The Australian Greens would cease taxpayer money being poured into the broken for-profit VET sector and fund a $400 million TAFE rescue package to ensure investment goes to where it is needed most: helping provide Australians with the opportunity to further their education and increase their skills in the workforce.

The Greens are proud defenders of a strong TAFE system. To help provide the high-level skills and workforce development that is vital to our economic future the Greens will:

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Greens push Illawarra Labor to back new national TAFE agreement

Lee Rhiannon 23 May 2016

The Greens are calling on Labor candidates in the Illawarra to protect local TAFEs and restore the public TAFE system by backing the demand for the National Partnership Agreement to be rewritten so it excludes all for profit private companies from any involvement in vocational education and training.

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said, "As the public TAFE system plays a key role in training the Illawarra workforce I strongly urge local Labor candidates to add their support to the call for a new National Partnership Agreement. 

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End role of for-profit providers to stop Careers Australia style rip-offs

Lee Rhiannon 17 May 2016

Responding to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission finding that Careers Australia had “engaged in unconscionable conduct” Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

“While ACCC has exposed Careers Australia’s misuse of public money and is forcing the company to pay the money back to the Commonwealth, this action alone will not stop for-profit providers from exploiting vulnerable people. 

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Speech: The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in jeopardy

Lee Rhiannon 23 Feb 2016

The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) is under threat as the University of Sydney threatens to close it due to revenue-raising challenges, despite producing world leading peace journalism and preparing students to make professional-level contributions to peace. The centre should be supported as an important research centre and an important voice. 

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