Uni fee deregulation will result in choice and value?

Steven Schwartz

31 October 2014 Don't hold your breath, says Schwartz ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Steven Schwartz was vice-chancellor of Macquarie University from 2006 to 2012 and is currently director of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Interestingly he is an academic advisor to Centre for Independent Studies, libertarian thinktank "actively engaged in supporting a free enterprise economy and a free society under limited government where individuals can prosper and fully develop their talents". With this background, you’d think Schwartz would be a natural proponent of university fee deregulation. You’d think wrong . In this opinion piece published in The … [Read more...]

Of no fixed address

30 October 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Ferouz Myuddin, born in Brisbane's Mater Hospital in November 2013 after his mother Latifar, an asylum seeker, was flown in from detention on Nauru because she needed a Caesarean section, has been deemed by Federal Court judge Michael Jarrett to be an "unauthorised maritime arrival", and therefore cannot apply for the visa under current laws. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The family arrived at Christmas Island in September 2013, having fled Myanmar citing persecution for being part of the Muslim Rohingyar minority. Much of Judge Jarrett's ruling examined the concept of how baby Ferouz "entered Australia", and … [Read more...]

University fee deregulation bill

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30 October 2014 Sector responses ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… It's hardly news that all the university groups are as one that there is no alternative to fee deregulation to provide the funding to maintain the quality of Australian higher education (given declining public funding).  They are not as one on how the proposed Commonwealth Scholarship scheme funding  (provided by students) should be divvied up: the Group of 8 and ATN argue the money should be held and disbursed by the collecting institution, the  RUN and IRU argue that it should be pooled and disbursed on a needs basis. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Universities Australia Drawing on a … [Read more...]

Senate committee reports on uni fees

 28 October 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee has tabled its report on the government’s Higher Education and Research  Amendment  Bill  after two months of hearings and 164 submissions from interested parties. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......……   It’s utterly predictable: the committee has split 3 ways, with a majority report by the 3 Coalition members, recommending passage of the bill, perhaps with amendments,  and dissenting reports by the single Labor member and the single Greens member, both recommending rejection of the bill.  Predictable as it is, the report is also disappointing:  the … [Read more...]

Palmer promises ‘bye bye’ to government’s proposed university reforms

Clive Palmer

ABC News      |    28 October 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Clive Palmer has declared "bye bye" to the Federal Government's university overhaul, saying his party will vote against the measures. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… In the May budget, the Government announced it would cut funding for courses by 20 per cent and allow universities to charge their own fees. But Labor and the Greens are against the change, leaving Education Minister Christopher Pyne to negotiate with the Senate crossbench. The legislation is set for debate in the Senate tomorrow, but Mr Palmer, whose Palmer United Party holds three balance of power seats, said his senators … [Read more...]

ALP launches anti uni fee dereregulation campaign

28 October 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… With the Senate inquiry into the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill due to report to the Senate today and the bill expected to be debated this week, the Labor opposition has launched a campaign website and will be running TV ads opposing (what else!) the Bill. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......……   … [Read more...]

Vocation’s share price takes a hammering

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28 October 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… On the back of a settlement with Victorian education authorities over VET non-compliance issues, which saw ASX-listed training provider Vocation Ltd surrender $19.6 million in government funding, Vocation’s share price has taken a hammering. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......……   From  $2.29 when trade in the shares was suspended  on 24 October, the opened at $1.40 on 28 October on resumption of trading, reached a high of $1.52 to close at 99.5 cents on a volume of about 28.4 million shares traded - a far cry from its peak at $3.40.  Vocation will also undertake a series of measures to ensure continuous … [Read more...]