MPs flee parliament vote on uni cuts

Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt has condemned Labor and the Coalition after they voted today against his motion to reverse planned cuts to university funding and student support.

Mr Bandt said the fact more than 100 MPs fled the chamber to avoid having their names recorded showed they were ashamed of their parties’ policy on cuts.

The Greens will continue to fight to reverse the cuts before and after the election, Mr Bandt said.

“Today’s vote again shows that Labor and the Coalition can’t be trusted to stand up for universities and students and that ahead of the election, most MPs are too frightened to be associated with cuts,” Mr Bandt said.

“In an unprecedented display of shame during a division more than a 100 MPs took the opportunity to flee the chamber before the vote was recorded.”

“This fight has only just begun. If Tony Abbott forms government after the election, he will have to pass legislation to implement all the cuts. We are going to fight him all the way.”

“University teaching and research is the key to Australia’s economic prosperity, particularly after the mining boom, which is why these cuts are so stupid and must be reversed.”

Earlier this week the National Tertiary Education Union decided to put in place a $1 million election campaign backing the Greens, including Adam Bandt’s campaign in the seat of Melbourne.

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The Final Vote

AYES, 5

Mr Bandt

Mr Oakeshott

Mr Wilkie

Mr Katter

Mr C. R. Thomson

NOES, 35

Mr Albanese

Mr Fletcher

Mr Mitchell

Mr A. D. H. Smith

Mr Billson

Mr Hartsuyker

Mr Neumann

Dr Southcott

Mr Bowen

Mr Hockey

Mr Neville

Dr Stone

Mr Bradbury

Mr Husic

Mr Perrett

Mr Swan

Mr Briggs

Mr Irons

Mrs Prentice

Mr Symon

Mr Ciobo

Dr Jensen

Mr Pyne

Mr K. J. Thomson

Mr Coulton

Mr E. T. Jones

Mr Ruddock

Mr van Manen

Mr Danby

Mr Keenan

Mr Secker

Mr Wyatt

Mr Dutton

Mr McCormack

Mr Shorten

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