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Universities Australia should get off the Pyne bandwagon

Lee Rhiannon 9 Sep 2014

Commenting on reports that the university sector want the Senate minor parties and independents to cut a deal on Christopher Pyne's higher education reforms (http://bit.ly/1CLpPHr), Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"Instead of putting pressure on Senators to support the Coalition's regressive and discriminatory changes to higher education, Universities Australia would better off calling on the government to boost public funding to universities.

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Coalition's university cuts start biting - La Trobe to sack 15% of its workforce

Lee Rhiannon 24 Jun 2014

Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on Education Minister Christopher Pyne to scrap his plans to deregulate the university sector following announcements of huge staff and course cuts at La Trobe University.

"Funding cuts under both Labor and Coalition governments have bled universities dry," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The $65 million cuts announced at La Trobe will see 350 staff fired and the existing five faculties merged into two colleges.

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One million hits on Greens new ‘What will my degree cost?' website while VCs unite against Coalition's reforms

Lee Rhiannon 5 Jun 2014

One million hits on Greens new ‘What will my degree cost?' website while VCs unite against Coalition's reforms

The Greens are calling on Education Minister Christopher Pyne to scrap his plans to cut more than $5 billion out of university funding and increase fees for students following Universities Australia's extraordinary intervention into the debate.

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What will my degree cost? www.whatwillmydegreecost.com.au

Lee Rhiannon 4 Jun 2014

The Greens have launched a website to help the millions of students, graduates, future students and their families understand how the Coalition Government's extreme and regressive changes to higher education are going to impact them.

The website ‘What will my degree cost?' gives every individual the chance to estimate the direct financial impact of these changes by adjusting variables such as what course they study, their total student debt and their starting salary.

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Pyne contradicts Department of Education website on student debt changes

Lee Rhiannon 1 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon has accused Education Minister Christopher Pyne for not being across key details of his radical and regressive reforms to the higher education sector.

"On the ABC's Insiders this morning Mr Pyne claimed that the new student debt arrangements, that will see students pay a real interest rate of up to 6 per cent on their debt, will only impact students enrolling from this year," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Community campaign against cuts to higher education exposes Coalition's deception

Lee Rhiannon 23 May 2014

Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Rhiannon has commended the sustained community campaign to expose Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne's higher education deception.

"Mr Pyne and Mr Abbott are regularly contradicting themselves in radio interviews. We now know that Mr Abbott won't rule out that university fees will double while Mr Pyne can't decide if fees are going to go up or down," said Senator Rhiannon.

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University fee deregulation a huge blow for equity and fairness

Lee Rhiannon 8 May 2014

Responding to reports that the Abbott government will force universities to compete with private colleges through fee deregulation, Australian Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"Fee deregulation is code for increasing student fees. Minister Pyne should prepare himself for more student protests over his fee deregulation policy, and such actions are now urgently needed.

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Greens reject Kemp-Norton review's plan to unleash free market ideology into university system

Lee Rhiannon 14 Apr 2014

Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on Education Minister Christopher Pyne to reject recommendations in the Kemp-Norton review into demand driven funding calling for the system to be expanded to include private institutions and the abolition of participation targets.

"Minister Pyne can't bury his head in the sand and simply say the Government's response will be outlined in the budget," Senator Rhiannon said.

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