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Senator Rhiannon stands in solidarity with budget eve student, staff protestors

Lee Rhiannon 12 May 2015

Statement to be read out on behalf of Senator Lee Rhiannon at the ‘Students Strike Back' Education Action Network rally:

Earlier this year, the Chilean Congress introduced free higher education at universities across the country. Chilean students celebrated the end to their battle with an inadequate, inequitable, market-based higher education system.

The education revolution in Chile was powered not by politicians in Congress, but by students in the streets.

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Time for Pyne to breakup with Lomborg

Lee Rhiannon 11 May 2015

Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon today said Education Minister Christopher Pyne should give up on trying to find a home for Bjorn Lomborg and spend his time prioritising students and university staff.

"Minister Pyne is desperately running around to find a university to host the Bjorn Lomborg show when he should be focusing on how to use the federal budget to put students, staff and universities first ," said Senator Rhiannon.

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NSW Supreme Court: Senator Rhiannon joins protest against Macquarie Uni attack on student group

Lee Rhiannon 7 May 2015


WHAT: Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon will be speaking at the two day long solidarity action with Macquarie University Postgraduate Association (MUPRA) student representatives.

Seven MUPRA representatives have been taken to court by Macquarie University in a bid to dissolve its postgraduate student association.

WHEN: 1pm TOMORROW Friday 8 may 2015

WHERE: Supreme Court of NSW, 184 Phillip St Sydney

Senator Rhiannon said:

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Vice Chancellors need to speak out against Pyne's backdoor uni cuts

Lee Rhiannon 4 May 2015

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:, 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.

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New Tax Office data shows growing student debt burden in Australia

Lee Rhiannon 2 May 2015

The Australian Greens say fresh data released by the Australian Taxation Office (SMH: shows student debt is increasing while wage growth remains flat, resulting in students graduating with greater debt and taking longer to pay it off.

"Newly release ATO data shows that student debt more than doubled from $12 billion in 2005-06 to $29 billion in 2012-13," Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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Time for federal government to go back to the drawing board on VET funding

Lee Rhiannon 23 Apr 2015

Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon is calling on the federal government to immediately review the COAG agreement on vocational education and training funding that has seen hundreds of millions of dollars flow to private, for-profit providers.

"Yesterday the NSW Coalition government expressed its scepticism towards the current model of funding contestability, joining a raft of state governments across Australia in criticising the current approach," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens call on Pyne to reject further unfair HECS changes in federal Budget

Lee Rhiannon 15 Apr 2015

Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon has today called on Education Minister Christopher Pyne to rule out regressive and unfair changes to the HECS repayment system in this year’s federal Budget.

“Suggestions from some economists that the repayment threshold for HECS debt should be decreased from $53,000 to $10,000 ( should be immediately rejected by Minister Pyne,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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OECD anti-bribery report strengthens Greens call for expanded whistleblower protection to private sector

The latest OECD assessment of anti-bribery measures that reveals weak protection for whistleblowers in Australia strengthens the Greens call for employees in the private sector to have the same protection as those in the public sector, Australian Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“In December last year the Greens called for whistleblower protection to be extended to employees working for private higher education companies in receipt of millions of dollars of government funding,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens call for immediate review of alternate university entry schemes

Lee Rhiannon 7 Apr 2015

Responding to reports that students at Sydney’s exclusive Scots College were offered guaranteed entry to Sydney University if they completed a $12,000 diploma, Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

“The fact that Scots College, an elite private boys school, was the only school included in this program guaranteeing entry to Sydney University has quite rightly concerned students and parents across NSW.

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