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14    Education—Student Services and Amenities Fee

Senator Day, also on behalf of Senators Madigan, Wang, Leyonhjelm and Bernardi, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 955—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   over one million Australian tertiary students are forced to pay up to $286 per year as a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF),

                 (ii)   students at the moment have very little say in how the SSAF monies are spent by their universities and student associations, and

                (iii)   SSAF is levied regardless of students’ need, willingness and ability to access the services and activities they are paying for; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to amend the Higher Education Support Act so that the SSAF can only be levied with the support of the majority of students at each university campus in a mandatory ballot conducted once an academic year.

Statements by leave : The Assistant Cabinet Secretary (Senator Ryan) and Senators Moore and Simms, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 6

Senators—

Abetz

Day (Teller)

Madigan

Wang

Bernardi

Leyonhjelm

 

 

 

NOES, 35

Senators—

Bilyk

Gallagher

McKenzie

Scullion

Brown

Hanson-Young

McKim

Siewert

Bullock

Ketter

McLucas

Simms

Cameron

Lambie

Moore

Sterle

Canavan

Lazarus

O’Neill

Urquhart

Collins

Lines

Peris

Waters

Conroy

Ludlam

Polley

Whish-Wilson

Dastyari

McAllister

Rhiannon

Wong

Di Natale

McEwen (Teller)

Rice

 

 

 

Question negatived.