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Greens urge Government to drop its planned attack on TAFE system

Robert Simms 3 Feb 2016

Australian Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Robert Simms is calling on the Government to drop its outrageous idea to force TAFE institutions to focus on chasing profits rather than providing quality tertiary education.

"This latest leak from the Liberals shows the Government clearly didn't get the memo that Australians value affordable higher education. TAFE institutions around the country are vital in providing people with access to tertiary education, a pathway to a career change or a specialist course in a field they are passionate about," Senator Simms said.

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Time for the Prime Minister to listen to the people

Robert Simms 31 Jan 2016

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should listen to his electorate and the broader community and grant a free vote on marriage equality in the Parliament this week, the Australian Greens say, after a new poll shows a plebiscite is supported by only 9.6 % of voters in Wentworth.

"The spectacle of LNP members tying themselves in knots over the last week has really exposed the plebiscite as an expensive and divisive sham," Australian Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

"The Prime Minister doesn't believe in a plebiscite and neither do his electors.

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Time for Turnbull to stand up to Abbott on Marriage Equality

Robert Simms 29 Jan 2016

The Australian Greens say it is time for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to stand up to Tony Abbott and dump the costly and divisive plebiscite on marriage equality. The Prime Minister this morning admitted he doesn't support a plebiscite and is only doing it to appease his predecessor and conservatives in the Government.

"This issue is too important to be left to the mercy of Liberal Party games," Greens Marriage Equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

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LNP division exposes plebiscite sham

Robert Simms 28 Jan 2016

Malcolm Turnbull should dump the plebiscite on marriage equality and grant a free vote in the Parliament as soon as possible, following news that LNP Senator Bridget McKenzie also intends to ignore the result of the plebiscite, say the Australian Greens.

"In the last 24 hours the plebiscite has been exposed as a total sham," the Greens Marriage Equality spokesperson, Senator Robert Simms, said.

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Conservative dissidents shine a spotlight why Parliament must decide on marriage equality

Robert Simms 27 Jan 2016

The Greens are calling for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to allow a free vote on marriage equality when Parliament resumes, following reports that conservative MPs plan to ignore the result of a plebiscite on the matter.

"It's ironic that Eric Abetz doesn't want a conscience vote on the issue of marriage equality but when it comes to implementing the outcome of any plebiscite that's a different story. He wants some sort of veto power if he doesn't like the outcome," The Greens spokesperson on Marriage Equality, Senator Robert Simms, said.

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TGA should review gay bone marrow ban - Greens

Robert Simms 22 Jan 2016

Media reports that a gay man is being prevented from donating life-saving bone marrow, highlight the urgent need for the TGA to review the suite of restrictions imposed on gay men in Australia say the Greens.

"Last year I wrote to the Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson regarding restrictions imposed on men who have sex with men donating blood and asking him to investigate the matter," the Greens Sexuality Spokesperson, Senator Robert Simms, said.

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Ban college brokers and scrap public funding for for-profits

Robert Simms 22 Jan 2016

The Australian Greens have welcomed the proposal to ban private colleges using brokers to sell courses, and have urged the Government to scrap public funding for the entire for-profit VET sector.

"The Greens welcome the Government's attempts to re-draw the for-profit VET sector. Over the past few years private training colleges have ripped off thousands of students, leaving them with huge debts and little prospect of gaining employment with worthless degrees," The Greens spokesperson on Higher Education, Senator Robert Simms, said.

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Higher Education Update - January 2016

Robert Simms 22 Jan 2016

This edition of the Higher Education Update e-newsletter covers Senator Simms' background in the higher education sector, the successful #stoplomborg campaign, the Overseas HELP Bill, campaigning to save Start-Up Scholarships, concerning developments in the VET FEE-HELP sector, the need to save Radio Adelaide, and more. Simply click the link below to download the PDF.

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