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The Greens Tertiary Education Policy

Higher education Building a sustainable university sector The Greens say they are committed to boosting funding to the university sector by $8.3 billion over four years so it can provide high quality and affordable higher education and training. To help provide world-class teaching and research opportunities in universities, the Greens will:  Invest $7 billion to reverse the Coalition’s  cuts and fund a 10% increase in base funding per student at public universities; and  Invest $1.306 billion into research to reverse Government cuts to our most successful university research. Supporting university students The Greens propose to oppose higher fees for students by: reducing … [Read more...]

The Scan’s year

Summer edition 2016 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Scan in 2015 This year’s top ten reads were heavily skewed towards the “VET crisis” and attempts by authorities (rather belatedly in our view) to stamp out the obvious rorting, particularly in VET FEE-HELP funding, which has been truly scandalous. In fact, the number one post this year on The Scan is also the number one post of all time and by quite a bit. If you enter “rorting” in the … [Read more...]

Higher education changes a ‘fraud on the electorate’

The Conversation     |     2 December  2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Stephen Parker, vice-chancellor of the University of Canberra, has been a loud, lone dissenting voice among the vice-chancellors  over the government’s higher education deregulation package, strenuously opposing from the start, describing it as "a potentially calamitous package" for students and the country.  He’s been particularly critical of the qualified support offered by Universities Australia, which he depicts as “an organisation with necrotizing fasciitis – the condition where the body eats its own flesh”.  And he says the peak organisation is doomed, having lost its “moral compass” and that he … [Read more...]

Higher education ads slammed

Fairfax Media      |    9  December 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Abbott government has launched a taxpayer-funded advertising campaign to address concerns about its proposed higher education changes, key aspects of which enjoy little support in the wider community. The youth-focussed campaign, based on the theme "Your future is Australia's future", is aimed at countering claims about skyrocketing degree costs under a deregulated fee system. Labor has run its own campaign - the difference being its ads were paid political advertising, not a taxpayer funded exercise. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Prime time television advertisements launched on … [Read more...]

Go8 Newsletter December 2014

  ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Table of Contents End-of-Year Message from the Chair Review of MRIs Boosting the commercial returns from research consultation The 2014 Go8-C9 PhD Forum SSH Research and Education Essential for Global Well-being Go8 Submission to the review of Cooperative Research Centres Go8 Publications and a Research Video in 2014 Unedited: Professor Margaret Gardner Research with Impact Calendar of Events Go8 Christmas Shutdown … [Read more...]

An unloved orphan

 4  December 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… As was widely suspected it might, despite intensify lobbying, which one senator depicted as virtual harassment, the government was unable to negotiate the passage of its higher education reform package through the Senate.  The bill was defeated 33-31 on the second reading late 2 December, with four of the eight crossbenchers (senators Glenn Lazarus and Dio Wang from the Palmer United Party, former PUP Jacqui Lambie and independent Nick Xenophon)  joining Labor and the Greens to vote it down. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The government at the last minute offered a A$400 million concession for higher education in … [Read more...]

Fee deregulation is a bad idea, but our universities do need reform

 The Conversation    |     4  December 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Education minister Christopher Pyne’s scheme for the deregulation of university fees is dead or delayed, writes Hannah Forsyth (Australian Catholic University) in The Conversation.  But that doesn't obviate the need for fundamental reform. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The Pyne deregulation package  has been exposed as bad for Australia. This is because it will put universities in a spot where they need to increase their fees, continually. They will have to, just to compete with one another on the thing everyone wants: … [Read more...]

Pyne seeks to cut deal on reform package

 Fairfax Media    |     1 December 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Commonwealth government is going all out to secure the key part of its higher education reform package. Education minister Christopher Pyne has indicated the government is prepared to make major concessions on its proposed higher education reforms in a bid to strike a Senate deal to deregulate university fees before the Senate rises on 4 December. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Prime minister Tony Abbott told his “mea culpa” media conference on 1 December 2014: We are continuing to talk with all members of the crossbench. I don't presume to know what the final outcome will be, but we are … [Read more...]

An open letter to Senators from Universities Australia

Universities Australia    |    24 November 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… With the higher education reform package up for debate in the Senate this week, Universities Australia has made a last pitch to Senators arguing the package should be passed with amendments to make it "fair".  The National Tertiary Education Union has countered that amendments to make the package "fairer"  will not change the fundamental unfairness of the plan to deregulate university fees to compensate for the government cutting university funding While on the numbers as they stand,  it's not looking a strong prospect for passage, a regional assistance package which guaranteed funding for the UTas … [Read more...]

Group of 8 Newsletter November 2014

  ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Table of Contents Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014 Matters on hold The Government's Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda Program Review of the Cooperative Research Centres Reform of the ESOS Framework Go8 in EduExpo Student Exhibitions in Brazil Best Global Universities Rankings Executive Files: The University of Adelaide Research with Impact Calendar of Events … [Read more...]