Launched a month ago, already nearly six thousand Australians have joined the ‘1 Million Reasons’ campaign. Postcards signed by students, former students and their allies all across Australia have been sent to each of the six cross bench Senators.
Australian Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Lee Rhiannon said: “Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne would do well to listen to the tens of thousands of Australians who have spoken out against the Coalition’s elitist higher education bill over the past 10 months.
“Increases in fees and debt, will hit low-socio economic students, who make up about 21.5* per cent of NSW’s student population, the hardest.
“With student fees expected to increase by about 30 per cent and skyrocketing debt, this bill is going to lock students and their families into cyclical debt.
“Before this bill is defeated in the Senate for the second time, I ask the Coalition to rip it up and start a conversation about how to build up higher education not tear it down,” said Senator Rhiannon.
*NTUE (pg 6) http://www.nteu.org.au/
9 February 2015