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The Education Minister is confident he can negotiate with Senate crossbenchers to get the package through Parliament by November.
"If we don't act and act now, we risk Australia's higher education system falling into a downward spiral towards mediocrity," he said.
Opposition higher education spokesman Kim Carr says the changes have been rushed and will burden students with crippling debts.
"This is a program for $100,000 university degrees and a generation of debt for tens of thousand of Australian families," Senator Carr said.
He also accused Mr Pyne of threatening cuts to research funding if the higher education changes do not get through the Parliament.
"This is a minister who's quite prepared to say anything and do anything to get this warped program through the Senate," he said.
Clive Palmer says his Senators will oppose the higher education overhaul.
Asked if there was any part of the package he could support, he said. "Nothing, absolutely nothing."