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Smarten up on education exports: Greens

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The Federal Government needs to take responsibility to salvage Australia's global reputation as an education provider, urged Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, spokesperson for Education and Immigration. She referred to a report that aired on ABC's TV program Four Corners earlier this week showing how migration agents had made a mockery of Australia's education exports. "Regulatory bodies have had little effect thus far on the flourishing trade in scams involving international students," said Hanson-Young. "We need education agents as well as migration agents to be properly accredited for the sake of quality control and acceptable benchmarks in our international education sector." Enforcement of decisions is also missing from current regulation, she added. The Senate Inquiry Hanson-Young established in June would look into the welfare of international students in Australia. "Australia must be able to be proud, rather than ashamed, of its multibillion dollar international education industry," she said.

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