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Budget setback for higher education revolution

Lee Rhiannon 9 May 2012

The under-investment in higher education contained in last night’s budget could render Labor’s education revolution a casualty of its political surplus target, Australian Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

“Underfunding universities and TAFE colleges to deliver a budget surplus is a setback for the Government’s higher education reform agenda,” said Senator Rhiannon.

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Legislation: Education Services for Overseas Students

Lee Rhiannon 29 Feb 2012

Committee Stage, Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment (Tuition Protection Service and Other Measures) Bill 2011, Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment (Tuition Protection Service) Bill 2011, Education Services for Overseas Students (TPS Levies) Bill 2011

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Australia sits at rock bottom for uni funding: Greens call for immediate 10 per cent increase

Lee Rhiannon 28 Feb 2012

The Australian Greens have called on the Gillard government to reposition Australia so it is ahead of the OECD average for public investment in higher education, to redress the current situation where Australia’s expenditure was 0.7 per cent of GDP in 2008, falling well short of the 1.0 per cent OECD average and lower than 25 out of 30 countries which spent more than Australia.

The major parties voted against Senator Lee Rhiannon’s higher education funding motion (below) in the Senate today.

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