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Greens flag student debt bill as inflation soars

Greens Deputy Leader and Education spokesperson Senator Mehreen Faruqi will today give notice of a private senator’s bill that abolishes indexation on all education and training loans – effectively freezing existing student debt – and raises and ties the minimum repayment income to the median wage.

Student debt has grown rapidly over the last decade, from $25.5 billion in 2012 to more than $68.7 billion in 2021.

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OECD education report a national shame

The latest OECD Education at a Glance report reveals unforgivable cuts to public education spending in Australia during the Covid pandemic, the Greens say. Federal, state and territory governments must properly fund public education to ensure everyone in our community has access to high-quality lifelong learning.

Lines attributable to Senator Mehreen Faruqi, Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for Education:

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Childcare changes should be strengthened and brought forward

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Education spokesperson Senator Mehreen Faruqi has said that the government’s Cheaper Childcare Bill, introduced to parliament today, doesn’t go far enough, and should make early education and care universal and free.

Senator Faruqi said:

“We have an opportunity here to deliver universal and free childcare. This bill does not go anywhere near far enough.

“Expensive and inaccessible childcare has held women and families back for too long.

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Animal welfare documents reveal sickening cruelty

Senator Mehreen Faruqi, Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for animal welfare, has reacted to the release of all 8015 pages of the 2020 and 2021 animal welfare incident reports from Australian export abattoirs. The documents have been published in response to Senator Faruqi’s long-overdue order for production of documents.

Senator Faruqi said:

“I’m appalled by the cruelty detailed in these reports. It’s sickening to see the avoidable suffering of thousands of animals.”

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