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Hilmer plan to target student fees short-sighted: Greens

Lee Rhiannon 7 Aug 2012

Greens Senator and higher education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon today said her party would oppose the push by Professor Fred Hilmer to give universities the power to set course fees.

"Professor Hilmer's short-sighted push to deregulate university fees would close the gates of our universities for many people and be a step backwards for national productivity" said Senator Rhiannon. 

"It is worrying that Professor Hilmer, as the head of the Group of Eight, sees that the solution to higher education funding shortfall is to push more costs onto undergraduate students.

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Hilmer fee plan should target govt not students: Greens

Lee Rhiannon 26 Jul 2012

Greens Senator and higher education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon stated that Professor Hilmer’s plan to allow universities to set fees for bachelor degrees would push an unacceptable cost burden on undergraduate students and is a poor substitute for increasing government funding.

“If universities were given the power to set bachelor course fees it would be a massive blow to people from low socio-economic backgrounds who were hoping to gain higher education qualifications,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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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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