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5           Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology (Senator Hume)—That this bill be now read a second time— and on the amendment moved by Senator Faruqi :

Omit all words after “That”, insert “, the bill be withdrawn and the Senate:

(a)              condemns the Morrison Government and Minister Tehan for attempting to ram legislation through the Parliament which would irreversibly damage Australia’s higher education system and harm and disadvantage students, university staff and communities; and

(b)              condemns the bill which will:

(i)                    hike fees, pushing students into decades of debt as they face rising unemployment and hurting women and First Nations students the most,

(ii)                  slash billions in funding from teaching, including from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, which will mean bigger classes, fewer teachers and a worse education, particularly in regional areas,

(iii)                force universities to do more with less,

(iv)                fail to create anywhere near enough new places to educate school leavers and people who want to study during the recession,

(v)                  shift the overall costs of university education away from the Commonwealth and onto students,

(vi)                fail to encourage students to do STEM courses,

(vii)              punish struggling students by unfairly and unnecessarily forcing them out of Commonwealth Supported Places instead of helping them, and

(viii)            fail to save a single university worker’s job and worsen the research funding crisis; and

(c)               calls on the Government to:

(i)                    fully fund university education and research, and provide ongoing funding certainty into the future,

(ii)                  ensure job security and good conditions for all university staff, and

(iii)                make university and TAFE fee-free for all”.

Debate resumed.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 7

Senators—

Faruqi

McKim

Siewert*

Waters

Hanson-Young

Patrick

Thorpe

 

 

 

NOES, 36

Senators—

Abetz

Davey

Lambie

Ruston

Antic

Dodson

McKenzie

Ryan

Askew

Duniam

McLachlan

Scarr

Birmingham

Fawcett

McMahon

Seselja

Bragg

Fierravanti-Wells

Molan

Smith, Dean

Canavan

Hanson

O’Neill

Sterle

Chandler

Henderson

O’Sullivan

Stoker

Colbeck

Hughes

Rennick

Urquhart*

Cormann

Hume

Roberts

Wong

* Tellers

Question negatived.

Main question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 30

Senators—

Abetz

Cormann

Hume

Roberts

Antic

Davey

McKenzie

Ruston

Askew

Duniam

McMahon

Ryan

Birmingham

Fawcett

Molan

Scarr

Bragg

Fierravanti-Wells

O’Sullivan

Seselja

Canavan

Griff

Rennick

Smith, Dean*

Chandler

Hanson

Reynolds

Stoker

Colbeck

Hughes

 

 

 

NOES, 28

Senators—

Ayres

Gallagher

McKim

Smith, Marielle

Brown

Green

O’Neill

Sterle

Carr

Hanson-Young

Patrick

Thorpe

Chisholm

Lambie

Polley

Urquhart*

Dodson

Lines

Pratt

Waters

Farrell

McAllister

Sheldon

Watt

Faruqi

McCarthy

Siewert

Wong

* Tellers

Question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.

 

 

 

After 11.45 am—