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QLD families to be slugged $287m by childcare delay

The Australian Greens have expressed concern for the thousands of Queensland families who will be disadvantaged by the government's decision to delay the implementation of childcare reforms by one year, as revealed in the May Budget.

While the government's package still has to be improved, it was set to save average families $30 a week and be introduced in 2017. With 188,950 Queensland families accessing childcare, the one year delay in rolling out the reforms represents a potential $287 million hit on family budgets.

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Abbott Government’s cuts could put uni out of reach for regional mature-aged students

The Senate Inquiry hearing into higher education in Brisbane today has heard evidence that the Abbott Government’s planned university loan interest hikes could stop mature-aged students in regional areas from studying.

“The Abbott Government’s uni attacks, which the Greens will do all we can to block in the Senate, are designed to hit those struggling financially the hardest,” Australian Greens Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters said.

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Greens plan would boost James Cook University Cairns funding

Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters and Greens candidate for Leichhardt, Jo Kloot, today met with National Tertiary Education Union members at the James Cook University Cairns campus to discuss the Greens plan to increase university funding by 10 per cent over the next four years.

Senator Waters said: "Labor's planned university cuts - which are supported by the Coalition - will hit Queensland university students hard.

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