School students protest cuts to higher education

Friday, August 22, 2014

A vibrant student march against the federal government’s education cuts hit the streets of Newcastle on August 20.

At least half of the 180 protesters were high school students who had walked out of classes, some in defiance of threats of detention and suspension, to join the protest.

Year 12 student at Hunter School of Performing Arts Marianela O’Brien told Green Left Weekly that she joined the protest because “when Tony Abbot went to uni he had free education so why can’t my generation have the same?”

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Photo by Sharlene Leroy-Dyer.