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Higher education reforms fail in the senate

The federal government’s proposed higher education reforms have hit a wall and failed in the senate, after the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) rejected the key elements of the controversial package yesterday. The three-senator and one MP team has effectively ruled out ...

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Universities “not rolling in gold”: IRU

Conor King, executive director of the Innovative Research Universities (IRU), wants the government to know that universities aren’t as cashed up as many assume. Also, he contends, the government’s other presumptions on which university funding plans are based are false. For example, although ...

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Student fee changes up for debate

They were a suitably contrarian trio. Professor Glyn Davis, vice-chancellor of the University of Melbourne, Sophie Johnston, president of the National Union of Students, and Andrew Norton, higher education program director at the Grattan Institute, graced the stage at the ...

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University reforms: what they mean for you

The Higher Education Reform Package report, released on 1 May 2017 by education minister Simon Birmingham, has already generated a lot of heated commentary from both sides of the debate. With the Coalition’s previous higher education reforms – spearheaded by then ...

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Plibersek envisions more flexible demand-driven system

Federal Labor has flagged further reforms to increase flexibility in the demand-driven system of university funding if it comes to power at the next election. Addressing the Universities Australia conference in Canberra on Thursday 2 March 2017, shadow education minister ...

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