Lee is the Australian Greens spokesperson on higher education which includes vocational education and training (VET). The Greens recognise that a world-class tertiary education system is vital to Australia’s social and economic wellbeing. Lee is working towards increased, sustainable funding for our higher education and VET providers, and to promote strong and viable public university and TAFE systems.
The Greens stand for equitable access to affordable or free education for all domestic students, supported by appropriate living allowances and minimising student debt. We are currently campaigning for a 10 per cent increase to base funding per student at public universities.
29 Nov 2011
18 Feb 2011
17 Feb 2011
17 Feb 2011
The Australian Greens will support the flood levy in the House of Representatives and the Senate after important gains from the Government on their proposed funding cuts.
Greens Leader Bob Brown, Deputy Leader Christine Milne and MP Adam Bandt took their concerns directly to the government and negotiated a good outcome that will release funding for flood recovery and protect key programs.
The Greens have ensured that $100 million will be returned to the Solar Flagships program in the forward estimates and that a proper consultation process will be undertaken to develop long term policy for large-scale solar power.
The Greens also secured agreement for continued discussions about long-term funding for disaster relief and options for a national insurance program as the nation moves toward confronting the challenges posed by climate change.
17 Feb 2011
The Australian Greens will support the flood levy in the House of Representatives and the Senate after important gains from the Government on their proposed funding cuts, Greens Leader Bob Brown, Deputy Leader Christine Milne and MP Adam Bandt said in Canberra today.
“The Greens have taken our concerns directly to the government and have negotiated a good outcome that will release funding for flood recovery and protect key programs,” Senator Brown said.
Speech on the Social Security Amendment (Income Support for Regional Students) Bill - Senator Bob Brown
10 Feb 2011
The Greens opposed the second reading of the Social Security Amendment (Income Support for Regional Students) Bill 2010 and I want to explain our position as far as not just this legislation is concerned but also the new configuration that we have in this parliament with a minority government and a balance of power shared by, at the moment, a number of entities in the Senate. During the discussions to formulate government in August last year I made it clear that the Greens would not be supporting legislative moves from the opposition that put a burden on the people without those having been properly negotiated and agreed to.
30 Dec 2010
Greens Leader Bob Brown said today his aim is to give Australia progressive and prosperous governance in 2011, beginning with work towards a Gillard government carbon price to tackle global warming, stimulate the economy and generate new business opportunities.
"Amid more extreme weather events, which are occurring more frequently, the new year gives Australians a chance to think beyond ‘sides' and embrace effective, innovative and green ways of building a future for the developed economy that is most at risk from global warming," Senator Brown said.
Building on the Greens' ongoing work, the Greens in 2011 in both houses of Parliament, will also be working towards:
- A mining tax to fund free tertiary education for every young Australian at $2.5 billion per annum and a sovereign wealth fund to safeguard a low-carbon future
- High Speed Rail to link Australia's biggest cities and better light rail within those cities
- Giving the Gillard government essential support for its national broadband network
- A national marine park system to protect fish nurseries and the nation's marine biodiversity for all time
- Achieving auditory (hearing) testing and support for all indigenous children
- Protection of Australia's remaining native forests, woodlands and wildlife
- Australia taking a lead in a global effort to divert some of the more than $1 trillion annual weapons budget, so that every child on Earth has access to food, clean water and schooling.
Senator Brown said he looked forward to the four new Australian Greens Senators taking their seats on the 1st of July.
"While assuring the Gillard government of stability, we will also be looking for good ideas from the Coalition and Independents which the Greens could assist through Parliament."
"I spoke to Aung San Suu Kyi over the Christmas break and I look forward to visiting her and Burmese government members in 2011."
Senator Brown said he has never felt happier in his 35 years in politics and, along with his talented team of Greens MPs in Canberra, welcomes 2011 and the new opportunities it opens up for Australia.
"I also see the NSW election in March as an early opportunity for voters dissatisfied with both the bigger parties to back the Greens in record numbers and elect more Greens into both houses in Macquarie Street."
15 Feb 2009
Greens Leader Bob Brown has released a letter from Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard outlining measures to ensure thousands of low-income university students get the $950 student payment in this week's government economic stimulus package.
"The letter clears uncertainty which arose because, as the package originally read, eligibility was dependent on having been enrolled by 3 February. Most students enrol between now and the end of March."