HUNDREDS of students and supporters have rallied accross the country in a national protest against the federal government’s higher education reforms. Protesters gathered outside the State Library in Melbourne’s CBD on Wednesday, just after 2pm.
Students and supporters gather outside the State Library of Victoria
Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s attempts to deregulate university fees were blocked by the senate for the second time in a month last week, but there are still concerns about plans for reform following his comment on SKY News last week that he had “fixed” the situation. President of the National Union of Students Rosie Steel told SYN News they will continue to fight the proposal. “Four out of five people disagree with this policy so we’re going to keep coming back to protest,” she said.
Police watch on as protestors continue to arrive
Figures from the Australian Tertiary Education Union show over 80 per cent of Australians oppose the government’s proposed higher education reforms. Matthew Lesh of Australian Liberal Students Federation (ALSF) disagreed, saying protestors at today’s rally were “in a tiny minority”. “I think the best determiner of future behaviour is past behaviour,” he said. “So I think once again these protests will be aggressive and attempt to shut down streets”.
Mounted police get ready to follow protestors down La Trobe Street
The protests remained peaceful with police patrolling the demonstration on horse, foot and bike.