Australia Needs Higher Education Reform

Australia Needs Higher Education Reform

University funding is in a crisis. The current model has put the tertiary sector in a downward spiral of increasing enrolments, decreasing services and cutting staff and other services. After six years in office and spending $300 billion dollars more than they had, federal Labor actually cut university funding by half a billion dollars. With the sole exception of deregulating the number of commonwealth supported places, two Labor governments have made no attempt to deal with the worsening problem of our underfunded universities.

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Abbottsolutely Sincere

The sixth annual closing the gap report was given by Prime Minister Tony Abbott last Wednesday week. He recalled the impact that Paul Keating’s “Redfern Park Speech” in 1992 had on him as a parliamentary staffer, and proclaimed that, “Our failures towards Australia’s first people are a stain on our soul”. This is demonstrative of a man impassioned by a cause and serious about fighting for its resolution, and could be a career defining address for Australia’s 28th Prime Minister.

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