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Next government must secure higher-ed future

Regardless of which party takes the next election, the next government will face the challenge of ensuring the long-term sustainability of the higher education sector, a senior departmental official has warned. Speaking as part of a policy debate at the Futureproof ...

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TAFEs back childcare training crackdown

TAFEs have welcomed a federal government crackdown on poor childcare training, following a report that revealed many courses were too short to enable adequate skills development or assessment. The report, compiled by the Australian Skills Quality Authority, was released this week by ...

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Senate condemns Pyne’s latest deregulation push

The Senate has officially labelled the education minister, Christopher Pyne’s, ongoing efforts to pursue the government’s university deregulation plans as a “significant waste of public resources”. A Greens-led motion the upper house passed yesterday noted the recent news that the government had ...

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Lomborg searches for think tank host

Bjorn Lomborg has led the search for a home for his taxpayer-funded Australian think tank. The federal government decided more than a year ago it would help Lomborg set up a think tank based on the model used at his ...

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Australia loses ground in world rankings

Higher education sector leaders have blamed inadequate funding for the “concerning downward trend” of Australia’s international ranking in the annual Universitas 21 list. In the rankings, released last week, Australia is now 10th in the world. Singapore overtook Australia, which is down one spot from ninth in 2014 ...

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Curtin med school sparks war of words

The federal government is trading blows with the Australian Medical Association over doctors’ concerns that Curtin University’s planned medical school will exacerbate training bottlenecks. On Sunday, Curtin vice-chancellor professor Deborah Terry said the government’s green light for the proposed school ...

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BUDGET: Research cuts and uncertainty for higher education

Universities have expressed dismay at ongoing uncertainty over much-needed reforms to higher education and cuts to research programs following yesterday’s announcement of the federal Budget. Universities Australia noted the “lack of progress through the Parliament of the Government’s Higher Education Research and Reform Amendment ...

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