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Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Page: 9597


Senator SIMMS (South Australia) (11:54): The Australian Greens support the Labor amendments. We encourage crossbenchers to do the same. I do not want to talk on this for too long. Indeed, I think my mum would be very unhappy if I didn't make it home for Christmas! I think we are at risk of getting to that point if we continue to debate this, but I do want to make the point that these measures are a really important safeguard to protect students. We do need to have a cap in place to guard against the skyrocketing fee increases that we have seen within the sector. This is an important measure that would provide additional support to students. We support it on that basis and we encourage others to do the same.