Rea joined concerned staff and students at Melbourne University for the campaign’s launch this morning where Bill Shorten and Kim Carr committed to blocking the package in the Senate.
“We welcome the ALP’s campaign against Tony Abbott’s unfair university changes.
“Independent polling commissioned by the NTEU has shown that 70% of Australians do not want higher university fees and 65% are against Abbott’s cuts to higher education funding.
“These cuts will mean fewer courses for students and less job security for staff, particularly at smaller and regional campuses. This is simply not good enough.
“The ALP, the Greens and now members of the cross-bench are all committing to voting down these changes.
“It’s time for Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne to rip these irresponsible changes up and start again,” Rea concluded.