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Critical masses

Experts previously shared ideas about how higher education will look in a few decades; now others explain how a growing consumer base will shape that reality. Australia’s higher education sector will be transformed in the next two decades, as we ...

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Flannery slams PM for skipping summit

One of Australia’s most eminent sustainability academics and activists has labelled Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s failure to attend last week’s United Nations climate change summit an insult to all Australians. The UN summit, which took place in New York last ...

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NT prisons outspend VET

Fresh analysis revealing that the NT’s VET budget is being increasingly dwarfed by the territory’s justice and prison budget has led to criticisms that local politicians are finding it easier to deal with disadvantaged citizens via prisons rather than education. ...

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Craven makes case against funding private providers

Australian Catholic University has urged the Senate to reject government plans that would further extended public funding to non-university higher education providers. The university’s vice-chancellor, professor Greg Craven, last night became the first stakeholder invited to argue his case for funding ...

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Flannery: summit ‘last chance’ for environment

Firm, internationally co-operative action to tackle greenhouse gas emissions must be secured this week or the outcome may be catastrophic for the planet, renowned Australian environmental sustainability expert Tim Flannery said. Flannery, who has taken up a professorial fellow appointment ...

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Reforms slammed in inquiry submissions

Academics, students and university staff have begun formally lodging their concerns and objections regarding the federal government’s higher-education reforms. Submissions are slowly trickling into the Senate inquiry examining the legislation. As of Friday last week, more than a dozen submissions had ...

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Poll shows popular constitutional reforms

Government ministers citing reasons such as national security and operational matters when declining to answer parliamentary questions should be held to greater scrutiny, a national survey released by Charles Sturt University suggests. CSU believes the nationwide survey is the first ...

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La Trobe first to cap fees

La Trobe University has become the first Australian institution to formally offer a cap on student fees in the event that the government achieves its goal of deregulating the prices universities can charge for degrees from 2016. The cap would ...

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Regulation loosens for VET providers, institutions

Reputable VET providers and institutions will be given greater freedoms to offer new courses and alter existing programs under the latest reforms to the sector unveiled last week by the industry minister, Ian Macfarlane. The minister said existing arrangements under the ...

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