Responding to figures that government funding to non-TAFE education providers has more than doubled in four years the Australian Greens have called for the competitive VET model to be abolished to ensure the public TAFE system survives.
The Australian Education Union has calculated that payments to non-TAFE providers, as a proportion of Government recurrent funding, was 11 per cent in 2008 and 23.2 per cent in 2012 nationally.
Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, lends his support to the Australian Medical Association (AMA) in its calls for the Australian government to reject provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) that “could undermine the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and compromise the ability of governments to improve public health.”*
The Australian Greens have called on the Abbott Government to immediately send a team of mental health experts to Christmas Island to deal with the current crisis in the centre.
"Christmas Island is at crisis point," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
"The children are suffering terribly and they need specialised mental health support now.
An overwhelming 86% of Australian parents say that fees are one of their biggest concerns when it comes to getting their children into regular childcare, an Australian Greens poll of over 1000 parents has found.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber has called for the Napthine Government to replicate their NSW Liberal colleagues’ policy of equipping public buildings with solar panels.