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Greens welcome UTAS funding announcement

Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the UTAS funding announcement today.

"The Greens welcome the announcement that the Coalition has belatedly joined Labor in its commitment to northern Tasmania via the promise of $150 million towards the UTAS campus and services revitalisation.

"We ask that the northern community keep an open mind to the prospect and potential of this UTAS investment and that all stakeholders work co-operatively to make this project a reality.

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University deregulation puts northern campuses at risk

Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson is calling on the Government to abandon its plans for university deregulation to prevent further distress and uncertainty for Tasmania’s students.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Today, the University of Tasmania Vice Chancellor Peter Rathjen, made it perfectly clear that under the Government’s deregulation policy, that without significant special assistance, the University would need to look at closing their Burnie and Launceston campuses.

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