The Australian Greens are urging the Government to back away from looking for back-door ways to cut from our university sector.
"The Government is hell-bent on attacking students, making it harder for them to get into university, afford to stay there, and graduate with a decent education under their belts," Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
"The Government couldn't pass their cruel cuts because they go against investing in our young people and giving them a strong foothold on their futures. Slogging students and universities by capping funding for student places, targeting research or freezing indexation for funding does not foster a clever, innovative country.
"Malcolm Turnbull doesn't have to look very hard to find billions of dollars in subsidies and tax cuts for fossil fuel companies, corporations and the big banks, but when it comes to adequately funding our universities and giving students the support they need, the cupboards are bare.
"Students are already being priced out of an education and universities are being forced to do more with less every year. It's time the Government faced facts and saw the university sector as an economy-building part of the budget, rather than a burden.
"The Greens will continue to fight against cuts to universities as we did to help topple the Government's university fee deregulation agenda in the horror budget of 2014."