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SA schools already struggling should not face further budget cuts

The Australian Greens have expressed fears for the future of public education after it was revealed today many Adelaide high schools are struggling to pay the bills.

“If South Australian high schools have to cut courses and teaching staff to keep their buildings up to scratch, something is very wrong with the way schools are funded. What is happening in Adelaide is telling of the scarcity of funding across the board for Australian schools,” Greens education spokesperson Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Cutting funding while increasing Uni debt not the answer

Targeting university students and increasing their debt is not the answer to the long term sustainability of Australia’s higher education sector, the Australian Greens have said in response to a Grattan Institute report.

“The Turnbull government want to take an axe to higher education funding and they shouldn’t look to increasing student debt to make up any shortfall,” the Greens’ education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Labor’s private schools obsession a threat to fair funding: Greens

Labor’s refusal to reduce the amount  of money going to overfunded private schools and reinvest it into the public schools that need it most is putting true needs based funding at risk, the Australian Greens have said.

“Labor’s obsession with defending the fistfuls of cash going to private schools is threatening to derail any chance we have at achieving genuine needs based funding for all Australian students,” the Greens’ education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Parliamentary Inquiry dissenting report rejects TPP

The Australian Greens’ dissenting report to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties inquiry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) clearly states that the government should immediately give up on any plans to ratify this monster of a deal.

“This deal is done and dusted. It should be consigned to the dustbin of history, where it belongs,” the Green’s finance and trade spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“If the TPP has taught us anything it’s that regular, everyday Australians won’t put up with this archaic sham of a negotiating process anymore.

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Xenophon sells SA short in water negotiations

The Nick Xenophon Team cannot be trusted to stand up for South Australia, the Australian Greens have said, after it was revealed that Senator Xenophon has removed his demand for additional environmental water in negotiations with the government on the ABCC Bill.

“Nick Xenophon has just sold South Australia down the river,” South Australian Senator and Greens’ water spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“He’s letting South Australia and the River Murray down, just so he can cosy up to the Coalition and help them to rip rights away from hard working Australians.

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ABC independence traded for ABCC vote

The Australian Greens have announced that they will vote against the government’s plans to allow the Communications Minister to make written directions to the board of the ABC, which it is reportedly doing as part of a deal with Senator Leyonhjelm for his vote on the ABCC Bill.

“The independence of the ABC is essential and should not be put at risk like this,” the Greens’ acting communications spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Malcolm Turnbull thinks he can use the ABC as his own personal bargaining chip.

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Overhaul schools funding so it’s based on need: Greens

Any overhaul of schools funding must result in a genuine ‘needs based’ model, the Australian Greens have said, pointing out that some wealthy, overfunded private schools will need to have their funding reduced so that struggling public schools can get ahead.

“Yes, some schools are overfunded and yes, that funding should be clawed back,” the Greens’ education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Public funding is precious and it needs to be spent on giving all young Australians access to a high quality public education.

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Barnaby needs to put his mouth where the Murray is

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has challenged Barnaby Joyce to a public debate in Adelaide on the health of the Murray River.

“It’s time Barnaby came to Adelaide and defended his appalling attempts to sell South Australia short,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“Refusing to implement the Murray Darling Basin Plan in full, including the additional 450 Gigalitres of environmental water, will put our precious Murray River at risk.

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South Australia dudded by Barnaby Joyce and MDBA

The Murray Darling Basin Authority’s attempt to increase irrigation limits in the northern basin will reduce the already insufficient amount of water heading downstream to South Australia, the Australian Greens have said.

“This is extremely concerning,” the Green’s water spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“There is a critical lack of leadership in this discussion right now. First it was Barnaby Joyce and now it’s the MDBA selling South Australia short.

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