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Pyne's 'deregulate' call first step to lower university standards?

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MEDIA COMMENT 24 October 2013

Pyne’s ‘deregulate’ call first step to lower university standards?

Responding to Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s comments on changes in the mechanism for maintaining university standards Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

“Universities receive billions from the federal government so it is appropriate there is regulation to ensure that public money is being spent to enhance the quality of education at our campuses.

“When Mr Pyne calls on the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency to ‘deregulate’, those committed to quality higher education have many reasons to be concerned.

"These deregulation moves will facilitate the Coalition's privatisation agenda for tertiary education.

"The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency was established in January 2012 to closely monitor higher education outcomes.

“Mr Pyne’s comments suggest that the Coalition have taken the first step to water down the work of this body,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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