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Budget reply: Labor cosies up to higher ed

If Labor is traditionally the party of spending, not scrimping, on popular areas, it has provided evidence for this. In opposition leader Bill Shorten’s Budget reply last night, he announced a bounty for both universities and the VET sector. The ...

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Budget 2018: Win for universities, loss for students

While metropolitan and rural universities alike are, for once, mostly pleased with the Budget, students feel neglected. Tertiary institutions praised, among other measures, the boost in research funding. At the same time, the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) lamented the ...

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Regional unis request strategic overhaul

Despite rural, regional and remote universities being ‘anchor institutions’ – the economic and intellectual hearts of their respective towns – they’re not recognised as such by the federal government. That’s the key message of the Regional Universities Network (RUN)’s new National Regional ...

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Student seepage worrisome: government

“People are making complicated – and sometimes deeply personal – decisions to withdraw from study when life gets in the way. We shouldn’t pressure students to stay enrolled if they need to care for a dying parent, for instance, and ...

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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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