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Greens seek funding for Wollongong Uni student union and uni

Lee Rhiannon 22 Feb 2012

Greens Senator and higher education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon is visiting the University of Wollongong for O-week today to meet with students and discuss funding for the student union and the university.

Senator Rhiannon is calling on the new Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings to stop stalling and commit to passing on to the student union funding collected from students as a result of legislative changes allowing the imposition of a student services and amenities fee.

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Cloud over Syd Uni O-Week: 100 jobs on chopping block

Lee Rhiannon 21 Feb 2012

Moves by Sydney University to axe 100 academic jobs and move a further 60 to teaching-only roles is a blow to quality education at Sydney University and shows a lack of good faith in negotiations, said Greens Senator and Higher Education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

“Students rocking up to O-Week at Sydney University will be disappointed to learn of these massive job cuts and are entitled to be concerned for the quality of their courses”, said Senator Rhiannon.

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Refugee Language Program should not be axed in Sydney Uni cost-cutting frenzy

Lee Rhiannon 9 Feb 2012

Australian Greens Senator and higher education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon today called on Sydney University’s Vice Chancellor to give a public commitment to find funds to retain the Refugee Language Program (SMH, 9/2/12,                   

“Sydney University Vice Chancellor Michael Spence will do enormous damage to the reputation of Sydney University if he oversees the closure of the Refugee Language Program and does not find the meagre $42,000 it requires annually,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Review puts spotlight on securing increased public funding for universities

Lee Rhiannon 8 Dec 2011

Following the release of the Lomax-Smith review into base funding of higher education, the Australian Greens have renewed their call for a 10 per cent increase in public funding for higher education to secure the future of university education in Australia, said Greens Senator and higher education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

"The review undertaken for the federal government presents an opportunity to reverse the recent increases in class sizes, to boost teaching salaries and give greater support to students," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens to fight higher ed cuts

Lee Rhiannon 30 Nov 2011

Dipping into higher education funds to keep a budget surplus promise is short-sighted and will only harm Australia’s long-term productivity, said Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon in response to moves by Treasurer Wayne Swan to find $640 in savings from higher education programs.

“Labor promised an education revolution and this blow to tertiary students really is revolting”, said Senator Rhiannon.

“The Greens are calling for a 10 per cent rise in federal support per university student to stop job losses and safeguard teaching quality, as recommended by the Bradley Review.

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Labor denies university staff cut crisis: votes against funding increase

Lee Rhiannon 23 Nov 2011

The major parties have shown themselves to be disinterested in stemming university staff cuts by voting down a Greens motion that calls for an increase in public funding by 10 percent for government supported university students, said Greens Senator for NSW and higher education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon (motion below).

“The government is turning its back on university staff and students. Without extra funding there is a strong risk that the quality of teaching will suffer,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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