The Australian Greens know that a strong public education system is the key to investing in the next generation and our capacity to build a fair, successful, and cohesive society. Australia is long overdue for a multi-billion dollar injection into our education system. We need an additional $7 billion investment to be in the middle of the OECD rankings for public investment in schools. Differences in educational outcomes should not be the result of differences in wealth, possessions, background or circumstances.
We also want to see an additional funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education including the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages that are at risk of disappearing, as well as boosting support for Asian languages, science and music in schools. We recognise that teaching is a profession essential to our community and should be valued highly and remunerated accordingly.
06 Nov 2011
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters, Senators for Western Australia Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam, and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt spoke to the media about the Australian Greens National Conference in Fremantle, WA.
Topics included the allocation of preferences, the environmental threats posed by developments in the Kimberley, and the Nationals' call for a "discussion paper" on coal seam gas.
20 Oct 2011
The Australian Greens have identified the need for effective case management and engagement with parents as integral steps in improving educational outcomes in the Northern Territory.
03 Sep 2009
Rachel joined Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Employment Participation Minister Mark Arbib in announcing a $50m local green jobs package.
These projects are the result of successful negotiation between the Rudd Government and the Greens to secure the passage of the economic stimulus package through the creation of around 10,000 local green jobs.
02 Jul 2009
Greens Senator for WA Rachel Siewert is concerned that trees in schoolyards across Australia are being cut down to accommodate
standardised new buildings under the Rudd Government's Building the Education Revolution funding guidelines.
04 Jun 2009
"Cutting the Public Health Education and Research Program (PHERP) was clearly a short-sighted, penny-pinching measure -which will ultimately cost us because of poorer public health outcomes in the longer term," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
Evidence to Senate Estimates late yesterday indicated that cutting PHERP was purely a cost-saving measure that did not reflect the performance of the program or any review of research and education needs.
12 Mar 2009
Punitive approaches to managing truancy in the Northern Territory will not solve the problem because they fail to address underlying causes, say the Australian Greens.
"It's time the NT government stop trying to shift the blame and got serious about addressing the problems in schools in the NT, especially in remote Aboriginal communities," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.
"The NT commissioned a comprehensive report into education ten years ago which put forward practical measures to improve attendance and outcomes - ten years later they have failed to act on its recommendations and put in place the resources needed."
23 Feb 2009
Tens of thousands of WA university students returning to study in the next fortnight will be able to qualify for a $950 Government Training and Learning Bonus, thanks to an extended deadline negotiated by the Australian Greens.
18 Feb 2009
The Australian Greens today called for a renewed push in Aboriginal education and employment.
"We have a huge inequality in this country - one that we should be ashamed of. The gap in literacy and employment rates remain huge and opportunities taken for granted by most Australians are non-existent for Aboriginal Australians," said Australian Greens Aboriginal issues spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.
The Greens expressed support for Professor Mick Dodson's strong statements on the state of Aboriginal education, at his National Press Club address yesterday.
17 Feb 2009
The Australian Greens today called on Federal Minister Jenny Macklin to cancel punitive truancy welfare trials in the Northern Territory, following indications that the Western Australian Government might not go ahead with trials in selected suburbs of Perth.
"I welcome WA Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney's comments this week that her Government would not support the trial because they are concerned it could increase crime and leave children hungry," Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said.