The fee outcomes of the most radical transformation to higher education in Australia for 30 years have not been assessed, Department of Education officials have told Senate estimates.
“On top of a lack of consultation beforehand, and a failure to reveal this radical plan before the election, we now hear that there is no official view of what will happen to fees,” Shadow Higher Education Minister Senator Kim Carr said after the hearing.Read more
World-class international scholars could be excluded from Future Fellowships under possible rule changes for the prestigious mid-career research awards, Senate Estimates heard today.
The head of the Australian Research Council confirmed that a move to give Australian researchers priority could mean international researchers – who currently make up about 10 per cent of successful applicants, or 20 researchers a year – would be excluded.Read more
The Abbott Government’s budget cuts are threatening the survival of innovative Australian firms and the livelihoods of their workers.
A bill introduced into Parliament last week closes the Clothing and Household Textile Building Innovative Capability Scheme (BIC) Scheme and the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Small Business program on 30 June – a year early.Read more
Education Minister Christopher Pyne cannot disguise the disintegration of his higher education package with dodgy modelling or desperate spin, Shadow Minister for Higher Education Senator Kim Carr said today.
According to Mr Pyne, “typical” university graduates will pay only $3 to $5 a week extra in loan repayments over one to two years based on debts of $30,000 and $40,000 respectively.Read more
University vice-chancellors continue to express alarm at the Abbott Government’s higher education shambles, with one describing it as “the worst piece of policy” he has seen in Australia in 26 years.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker has slammed the changes as:
“ … unfair, unethical, reckless, poor economic policy, contrary to the international evidence and being woefully explained, raising suspicions about how much thought has actually gone into them”.Read more
Shadow Minister for Higher Education Kim Carr and Labor Senator Helen Polley have today called on Bass Liberal MP Andrew Nikolic to stand up and defend the University of Tasmania.
UTAS Vice-Chancellor Peter Rathjen has warned that the Abbott Government’s $30 million cut to its funding may force the university to raise student fees, slash courses and abandon research.Read more
Australians are right to feel confused, fearful and betrayed after Education Minister Christopher Pyne has again misled the public by contradicting his department’s website during a television interview this morning.
“Today, as on previous occasions, Minister Pyne said university students enrolled before the Budget on 13 May 2014 would not be hit by higher interest rates on their student debts – this is wrong," Shadow Higher Education Minister Kim Carr said todayRead more
The Abbott Government’s higher education shambles has plunged to new depths of confusion and dysfunction with the Treasurer and Education Minister lining up to contradict the Prime Minister on proposals to collect death taxes on HECS debts.
“This is a fiasco,” Senator Carr said. “This is a Government that is making it up as it is going along, and clearly has no idea of the implications of what they’re advocating.Read more
The Abbott Government’s savage funding cuts to CSIRO – forcing the organisation to shed one in 10 of its staff – will have a devastating effect on Australia’s science and research sector, Shadow Minister for Research Senator Kim Carr warned today.
“CSIRO is our premier scientific research organisation, with an international standing, and is the brains behind a number of cutting-edge discoveries, including Wi-Fi, the first effective influenza treatment, Relenza, and the Hendra virus vaccine, among many others.Read more
More universities are abandoning the Abbott Government’s higher education policies as its implications and unpopularity become clear, Shadow Minister for Higher Education Senator Kim Carr said today.
“It’s clear the wheels are falling off this ill-considered and retrograde policy – students and their families are concerned and angry, universities are increasingly alarmed and some on the Government’s own backbench are on the verge of rebellion,” Senator Carr said.Read more