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Speech: Private colleges and political donations

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:06): This is about political donations and political influence. It is also about how the Abbott government proposes to divert money from public education to private colleges with little oversight of quality and accountability. We cannot answer all the questions this saga throws up, but it certainly warrants being opened up for public scrutiny.

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Higher Education: Private providers, wealthy unis winners out of Pyne cuts.

Lee Rhiannon 28 Aug 2014

The Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill rips billions out of funding for public universities and will drive up student fees in order to offer public subsidies to private, for-profit providers said Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"This Bill slams the door on hundreds of thousands of future students who see higher education as a pathway to opportunity," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Only "constructive" action Pyne could take on higher education bill is to start again

Lee Rhiannon 27 Aug 2014

The Greens say Christopher Pyne's higher education plan does nothing more than slam the door on opportunity for millions of Australians.

"The Greens will not support Mr Pyne's legislative package that massively cuts government funding to higher education, adds to the financial burden students are under and strips away opportunities," Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Rhiannon said.

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Sydney Uni reputation damaged by coal mine funding

Sydney University's $1 million investment in the controversial Whitehaven coalmine will mean enormous damage for the institution's reputation unless they move quickly to withdraw the investment and apologise to impacted Aboriginal elders and locals, the Greens have warned.

Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said, "Sydney University Vice Chancellor Michael Spence has a responsibility to immediately withdraw the investment in Whitehaven to end support for this destructive coalmine and help protect the name of one of Australia's leading education centres.

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