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Keynote Speech to NTEU Women's Conference

I’ll start by acknowledging the traditional custodians of the land we are gathered on and pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging. This land was never ceded. It is, always was, and always will be Aboriginal land.

It is such a privilege to be here with you, talking about education and organising for change – two of my passions. I feel really honoured to be the spokesperson on Education for The Australian Greens.

From our first steps to retirement, the opportunity to learn and discover unlocks our potential and helps us live a good life.

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Question Time: Government Slashes Study Loan Repayment Threshold

Senator FARUQI (New South Wales) (14:40): My question is to Minister Birmingham, the minister representing the Minister for Education. Minister, in the last three years, your government has slashed the repayment threshold for study loans by nearly 20 per cent, in effect cutting the pay of low-income workers. Just this week, the government slugged another 136,000 Australians by cutting the threshold by another $6,000.

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Approval of Ramsay Centre Linked Degree in Western Civilisation 'Outrageous' - Greens Senator

Australian Greens Senator for NSW and Spokesperson for Education, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, has called the approval of a Ramsay Centre linked degree on Western Civilisation by the University of Wollongong 'outrageous' and a slap in the face for students and academics. Senator Faruqi is a former academic.

Senator Faruqi said:

"This is an outrageous move by the university and a real slap in the face for students and academics who have real and legitimate concerns about the Ramsay Centre.

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Greens Launch Plan to Make Childcare Free, Extend Early Childhood Education to Three Year Olds

Australian Greens Education Spokesperson and Senator for NSW, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, has launched the Greens' ambitious plan to make childcare fee-free for most families, abolish the activity test and guarantee all three and four year olds access to 24 hours of early childhood education a week. The Greens will also provide an extra $200m in capital grants to community and government run centres in areas of highest need as well as supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander run centres.

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Greens Launch Plan to Ensure Access to English Language Support

Australian Greens Education Spokesperson and Senator for NSW, Dr Mehreen Faruqi has today launched a National Plan to ensure access to English Language Support, including through launching an urgent review to reverse the outsourcing of services provided by the Adult Migrant English Program.

The Greens’ plan will:

1.      Stop the undermining of the the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) and begin an urgent review to reverse the outsourcing of services.

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Greens Give Morrison Budget an 'F' on School Funding

Australian Greens Senator for NSW and Spokesperson for Education, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, has given the Federal Budget an F on school funding and has accused the Morrison Government of turning its back on public school students and teachers.

Senator Faruqi said:

“This budget is an ‘F’ on school funding and shows that the Morrison Government has well and truly turned its back on students and teachers.  

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