Australian Greens Education spokesperson Senator Mehreen Faruqi has said she was proud to speak at and attend heavily-policed student rallies at the University of Sydney today, which were organised in opposition to the federal government’s proposed university fee hikes and funding cuts.
Senator Faruqi said:
“I was so proud to stand with students and staff in opposition to these terrible fee hikes and funding cuts.
“Unfortunately my speech was cut short by NSW police moving us on.
“It was outrageous to see, yet again, a heavy-handed police presence at these vital ongoing student rallies.
“It’s nothing less than authoritarian to shut down safety-conscious, socially distanced rallies while thousands are allowed to congregate at the footy.
“Public protest is a fundamental right and a cornerstone of a functioning democracy.
“Classes are in full swing and face-to-face. Police action at these rallies is not about public safety – it’s about shutting down democracy,” she said.