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Big win for students, staff, community - Abbott govt's elitist higher education plan voted down

Lee Rhiannon 3 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens have welcomed the defeat of the Abbott government's higher education cuts that would have left students with 100k debts and massive cuts to university funding.

"This is a significant win for the tens of thousands of students, staff, and the education unions who have run such a strong and visible campaign for the past few months.

"The Greens opposed these cuts from day one and are proud to have stood with the advocates for public universities right from moment these cuts were announced in the May budget.

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An open letter to Universities Australia

Lee Rhiannon 24 Nov 2014

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24 November 2014

In response to a letter sent from Universities Australia to all crossbench Senators today, Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon has published the following reply:

An open letter to Universities Australia

Dear Universities Australia,

Like you, the Greens are very aware that without strong and sustainable universities, Australia risks being left behind.

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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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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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Labor backs Coalition student payment cuts - after signing pledge to block changes

Lee Rhiannon 22 Sep 2014

Responding to reports that Labor will support cuts to student payments in the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 2) Bill 2014, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"It is disturbing that Labor has reaffirmed their support for the Coalition's student payment cuts, only weeks after signing a pledge to block changes to higher education.

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Pyne's business mates insult Senate crossbenchers on higher education cuts

Lee Rhiannon 2 Sep 2014

The Greens say the government's reliance on business people to build support for its unpopular higher education bill highlights that the cuts benefit those who will never need to worry about increased fees and higher student debt.

"Businessman David Gonski's comment that, ‘leaving the future of all of us to a few crossbenchers is sad' is out of touch with reality and offensive to democratically elected minor party and independent Senators," Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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Evidence is now overwhelming, time for Pyne to drop changes

Lee Rhiannon 31 Jul 2014

Responding to the release of a new paper on higher education policy by ANU academic Bruce Chapman, Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"Professor Chapman's paper reiterates the conclusions reached by similar analysis undertaken by the National Tertiary Education Union, the Greens and Universities Australia - Mr Pyne's changes to higher education funding will hit the poor and women the hardest.

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