Graham and Louise Tuckwell’s $50 million donation to the ANU for student scholarships highlights the difficulties many students face living on Youth Allowance while attending university and also highlights complex issues about the role of philanthropists in the operation of a university, says Australian Greens higher education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.
Australian Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said the Coalition’s claim that they plan to make student support more “equitable” was a deceptive cover for their unfair policy that if adopted would make it harder for disadvantaged people to access higher education.
The Gillard government's plans to cut foreign aid programs by about $400 million breaks Labor’s commitment to increase the budget allocation for overseas development, Greens spokesperson on foreign aid Senator Lee Rhiannon said tonight.
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and the Greens communications spokesman, Senator Scott Ludlam, welcome the announcement of a media inquiry and congratulate the organisations and members of the public who helped make it happen.
Greens MP and lead Upper House candidate David Shoebridge and Parramatta Greens candidate Phil Bradley today congratulated the local community in Parramatta for their win after a long campaign to keep the old Kings School site in public land.
Greens MP David Shoebridge said:
"This is a real victory for the local community, who have been campaigning for many years to keep this public land in public hands and create a much needed arts precinct in Western Sydney,” Mr Shoebridge said.
In response to comments by former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett today about a Coalition government’s agenda in NSW, Greens MP and Upper House candidate David Shoebridge called on Barry O’Farrell to show the same honesty as Kennett and outlined where his slash and burn policy will hit in NSW (page 1 SMH today, “Sack the mandarins: Kennett to O’Farrell").
“Either Barry O’Farrell has, as Kennett suggests, a bottom drawer stuffed full of nasty surprises, or perhaps worse still a complete absence of ideas for NSW,” Mr Shoebridge said.
Outstanding results for the Greens in WA and the two federal by-elections augur well for the ACT Greens less than six weeks out from the local poll, according to ACT Greens candidate for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury.
Following a record result in the Northern Territory last month, where the Greens recorded an average of 15.9% across the seats they contested, yesterday: