The Australian Financial Review, May 18 2015
By Vicki Thomson
Federal Budgets are not usually the catalyst for self-examination, but last week's budget has been.
Working through the budget papers elicited the emotion of "they know not what they do". And if they don't then why don't they, and how much of that is our fault as a university sector for not properly explaining the immense value of research funding to all federal politicians and the Australian taxpayer?
Campus Morning Mail, 22 January 2015
by Stephen Matchett
Senator Nick Xenophon’s proposal for yet another review of higher education turned out to be a circuit breaker, sort of. While nobody much liked it, his call for another committee started people talking about ways to break the Senate stalemate over the deregulation legislation. However the university lobby groups, which would be crucial to any review certainly made it clear that it is time for a deal not a debate.
Over recent weeks, some staff have written to vice-chancellors, urging them to reject the university deregulation measures advocated by federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne. Public universities, they argue, should not be left to the “vagaries of the market”. I disagree and would like to explain why.
Declining levels of Commonwealth support
FREE higher education is elitist and it was never “free”. It is past time that was understood. The supposed wonders of that period of “free” education in our universities from 1974 to 1989 keep popping up to pollute the debate on fee deregulation for universities — a debate so critical that its resolution will define the future of higher education for at least two generations.