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Greens will not be bullied over higher education changes.



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Kerry Nettle, Senator for New South Wales

MEDIA RELEASE 14.05.03

Greens will not be bullied over Higher Education changes

Greens Education Spokesperson, Senator Kerry Nettle, has rejected the Treasurer's attempts to bully the Senate to pass the Higher Education changes

"The Greens will not support the retreat of Government from the Higher Education sector, because it's bad for students, its bad for quality, and bad for the long-term health of the community," Senator Nettle said.

"The average medical student or their parents will have to save their $4 per week tax cut for seventy years to pay for the massive increase in fees in this budget.

"The benefit to the future of Australia by giving a $4 week tax cut is negligible. The benefit of that $2.4bn invested in a return to free Higher Education is immeasurable.

"Mr Costello justifies this user-pays approach on the basis that most Australian's do not go to university yet is happy to give more tax dollars to subsidise private schools than is spent on higher education.

"The priorities of this government are clearly out of step with public need, they short change the economy and they are particularly harsh on those on low incomes.

The Green will oppose the legislation and use the opportunity to call for an increase in Government investment in Higher Education to guarantee equity, access, and quality through a return to free higher education.

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