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Senator Rhiannon gave a notice of motion as follows: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 28 November 2013:

The current funding for Australian universities and its effects on the quality of Australian higher education, and in undertaking the inquiry, the committee must consider:

 (a) staff conditions and job security for a future academic workforce;

 (b) the impacts on the quality of teaching and learning outcomes and the student experience;

 (c) the ability of universities to undertake quality research;

 (d) issues of equity for regional and rural universities and their students;

 (e) impacts of recently announced $2.3 billion cuts to the sector; and

 (f) any other related matters.