Higher Education

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. 

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Bob Brown outlines the Greens' economically responsible budget options - press conference 29-11-11

29 Nov 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown responds to the Gillard Government's budget update and outlines the Greens' more responsible approach. Speaking to reporters in Canberra, Senator Brown also answered questions about the Gold Pass, the Murray Darling Basin plan and immigration.

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Greens' more responsible option

29 Nov 2011

"The Gillard Government's plan to balance the books by imposing a higher ‘efficiency dividend', a tired euphemism for public sector cuts, is short-sighted and driven by political constraints," Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today. "The push by both major parties to cling to a wafer-thin political surplus while advocating public sector job losses and cuts to services is contrary to reasonable, forward-thinking economic advice," Senator Brown said in Canberra, responding to the Government's budget update."The budget can be balanced over the cycle without cutting jobs or worthwhile programmes." "Assisted by costings provided by the Treasury, the Greens have identified $9 billion in fossil fuel subsidies that could be redirected towards jobs and services - a far better option than cutting $1 billion from education. Savings in education would be better redirected to areas of need including science and Asian languages." "Almost doubling university HECS fees for maths and science students is a mistake. Science and innovation is the key to our nation's economic prosperity and we should be doing all we can to increase participation in science learning. The $400 million saving is a false economy if it means the best and the brightest of our kids don't make the move into maths and science at university." "If the global economy deteriorates further there could be a need for a stimulus package. The major parties need to take responsibility for the impact that fiscal policy, including their pursuit of a political surplus, has on the economy." "We support an end to the tax breaks for corporate executives - an unnecessary charge on the public purse. We also support the deferral of the reduction in interest withholding tax paid by financial institutions - achieved by the Greens as part of the mining tax negotiations." "The Greens have worked hard to protect the cultural institutions. They are exempt from the latest ‘efficiency dividend', but they still need relief from the previous round. The Government can do better."  

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Radio National Interview - Bob Brown 18-2-2011

18 Feb 2011

Senator Bob Brown outlines the Australian Greens' pursuit of its proposal for a hybrid scheme: a fixed carbon price which increases over time, as a first step, followed by an emissions-trading scheme. Senator Brown also talks about the good outcomes achieved for solar energy, affordable housing and education after negotiations with the Government on the flood levy that the Greens will support in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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Greens back levy after $100 million win on solar and support for affordable housing, education

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.

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.

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Greens back levy after $100 million win on solar and support for affordable housing, education

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.

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.

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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. 

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. 

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Greens Leader: New Year's Message

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."

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."

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Free tertiary education is within reach, Brown says

17 Dec 2010

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today that $2.5 billion per annum is a much lower-than-expected cost for free tertiary education. The figure is part of a Senate release of information which the Greens supported."It is everybody's right in this great country of ours in the 21st century to get a tertiary education. We should go for it.  It is a long-held Greens policy and we will be pursuing it strongly," Senator Brown said in Hobart.

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Gillard-Greens Agreement For Students And Sacked Workers Revealed

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."

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."

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