8 September 2013
This wasn’t an election in which education was a key issue and tertiary education hardly figured at all. Here’s a collage of Scan articles over the past year or so touching on the Coalition’s approach to tertiary education, which provide a sort of compass to the horizon.
- Protect the academic standing of universities.
- Expand the international higher education market.
- The New Colombo Plan.
- Ensure research work is world class, effectively delivered and well-targeted.
- Reduce the regulatory and compliance burden.
- Assist universities to take advantage of the growth in online learning.
28 February 2013
Governments shouldn’t promise one thing and then do another. The Coalition will not over-promise and under-deliver.
That’s a commitment that a Coalition government will have little trouble meeting. In his keynote address to the UA Conference, Abbott virtually told his audience that “there will be no new higher education spending under a government I lead.”
6 September 2013
A Coalition proposal to take $103 million from “ridiculous” projects in the humanities and redirect the money to medical research, has raised the ire of the research community.
9 November 2012
We should be focusing on research that produces innovation, that will help drive growth and productivity and genuine medical and scientific advances. We should be backing our strengths says Andrew Robb.
30 April 2013
A future Coalition government could cull the number of researchers assessed for grant money by whittling down the thousands of applicants early in the process in bid cut red tape, according to Christopher Pyne.
25 August 2013
The Coalition says it will protect the future funding of health and medical research in Australia and simplify and streamline the medical research grant making process. The Coalition commits to protecting existing NHMRC funding over the forward estimates and enhance medical research through a number of other measures to bolster the health and medical sector by drawing upon some key recommendations of the Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research (the McKeon Review).
22 August 2013
An Abbott government would make it easier for foreign students to obtain post-study work rights in Australia as part of a Coalition push to repair the lucrative education export industry. Opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne says the Coalition ”cannot promise to reverse the $2.8 billion of cuts to higher education”. However he vowed to increase revenue to universities within 100 days of being elected by ”rebuilding” the international education market, which he said had shrunk under Labor from $19.8 billion in 2008 to $14.5 billion today (although the decline has been concentrated in the VET sector).
30 August 2013
The Coalition has announced details of its New Colombo Plan to foster closer ties between Australia and the region and develop stronger people-to-people links. The original Colombo Plan saw some 40,000 students from Asia come to Australia from the 1950s to the mid-1980s. The New Colombo Plan will be different the original, in adding an outward-bound component to the original one-way street. Once operative it will provide financial support for up to 300 young Australians studying in the region every year.
25 August 2013
The Coalition has promised to establish Trade Support Loans from 1 July next year to provide apprentices with interest free loans of up to $20,000 over four years. The loans will be capped at a total of $20,000 and will be repaid at the same thresholds as loans for university students. The policy is slated to cost $85 million to the federal budget four years.
2 September 2013
Initiatives proposed by the Nationals ”to encourage and support universities to deliver services in regional communities” include the establishment of a new medical school at CSU and additional income support for regional students. In vocational education and training, the Nationals propose funding traineeships in the agricultural sector
7 February 2013
The Opposition has ruled out fiddling with both fees and caps. We expect that this position on fees and caps will persist until some time in the afternoon of Sunday 15 September, when the Treasury briefs the incoming Prime Minister, particularly if the briefing is coming from the Blue Book (David Cameron made soothing noises about fees, too- and promptly trebled them).