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Student union plans anti-budget rallies

Students across the country are being encouraged to up the ante in opposition to the government’s push to deregulate university fees with a national day of action planned to take place in major cities next week. Concurrent events, being organised ...

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Academics call anti-terror laws overreach

Australian academics have accused the government of overreaching in its push to extend anti-terror laws, saying there is insufficient evidence to justify many of the powers it hopes to grant the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and Australian Federal Police. Last week, Prime ...

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Pyne press club

Education Minister Christopher Pyne has left the door open for alternatives to the government’s plan to charge students a higher interest rate on HECS-HELP repayments. In an address to the National Press Club yesterday in which he spruiked the virtues ...

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Tough all over

A quick look at tertiary education in South Australia reveals little cause to celebrate. By Malcolm King. The more things stay the same, the more things change in Adelaide. It’s hard to know exactly what’s happening at the helm of ...

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Hidden money

The competition for government funding is set to get even more fierce; Australian universities must learn to tap other sources more aggressively. By Greg Spinks. The release of the federal Budget on May 13 has created a watershed moment for ...

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The path to greater research

A close look at funding schemes here and in the UK reveals the importance of supporting higher degree candidates. By Paul Wellings. One of the recurring higher education policy debates of the past two decades has focused on how much ...

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UWS chief talks finance

  Vice-chancellor Glover calls for an end to mounting uncertainty about funding. By Dallas Bastian. The University of Western Sydney’s new vice-chancellor has voiced his concerns about the economic environment within the sector. An internationally recognised mathematician, UWS professor Barney ...

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TAFE SA faces deep cuts, bleak outlook

As the state faces much tighter funding for training, fears of even more blows to a struggling jobs market emerge. By Malcolm King. TAFE SA faces massive budget cuts, course closures and redundancies due to over delivering Skills for All ...

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New territory for vocational training

The emerging polytechnic model straddles the interface of vocational training and higher education, and also addresses an anomaly in the area of support for student fees. By Meeuwis Boelen. The year 2013 marks the rise of the polytechnic with both ...

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