Vicki Thomson, Chief Executive
Thank you for the invitation to set out for you why the Group of Eight, Australia’s leading research universities - in fact the group which funds $6 billion of research each year - more than $2 billion of that which is used for medical and health research - is so opposed to the removal of money from the EIF.
The Go8 starts from the position that it fully supports an NDIS.
It is worthy policy, and overdue.
The Australian Financial Review, 24 September 2017
By Vicki Thomson
Last week a front page headline of The Australian Financial Review shouted the warning "Nation losing innovation race". It was a blunt message from Australia's hand-picked and highly respected chief innovation guru Bill Ferris that Australia is lagging behind Singapore, South Korea, China and other trade competitors in the "innovation race".
Thank you for your invitation to speak, and it’s good to be here with you.
Given Parliament this week, I hope you will give me some latitude with my speech content.
I know when you invited me, that you would have had no idea what a precipitous week it would be for the future financial health of Australia’s higher education sector as legislation that seeks the passage of the worst funding cuts to the sector in some 20 years is being debated.
The Group of Eight (Go8), Australia’s leading research intensive universities, say the government’s proposed changes to university and student funding will put at risk key programs which target regional and rural education and research.