Now that Dan Tehan has steered the package through the parliament, the government and higher education sector will have to live with the consequences.
Three key policy errors in the legislation mean the Morrison government is unlikely to achieve the stated goals of its package.
Australia’s move to increase fees for some university humanities courses reflects global trends towards market-friendly education that overlook what’s needed for human flourishing. Here, the University of Sydney.
Today's urgent inequality and environmental crises mean that more, not fewer, students should be studying history.
Demand is high for teachers with expertise in STEM subjects like maths. But students also deserve expert English, history, civics or geography teachers. Maybe your favourite teacher did an arts degree.
A parishioner records an online mass from an empty church in Mabopane, South Africa, during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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Experts in the humanities and social sciences add nuance to the debate about how to respond to COVID-19.
Doubling the cost of degrees in the humanities and social sciences has a disproportionate impact on women because they account for two-thirds of the students.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison stands next to a photograph of Sir Robert Menzies.
Developments in the 80s set the parameters for much of the political discourse around the humanities since.
The reduced rate of funding to universities (of up to 17%), per place, for national priority courses sends perverse messages to universities.
The implications of the government's announcement are about more than incentivising the career trajectories of students. They are a direct assault on the premise of universities.
The government has more than doubled the cost of humanities degrees to encourage 'job-ready' graduates. But on what evidence?
The education minister has outlined reforms to higher education funding aimed at producing 'job ready graduates'. But his announcements don't seem completely in line with the data.
A 1620 engraving depicts tobacco being prepared for export from Jamestown, Virginia.
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During two 17th-century medical calamities, economic imperatives outweighed moral concerns.
You can’t threaten or humiliate a virus.
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The 'tough guy' is a cultural archetype that political leaders have long adopted. But during crises, Americans tend to look for a different kind of hero.
George and Laura Elmore (left) voting after wining a landmark case ending white-only primaries in South Carolina.
University of South Carolina Civil Rights Center
South Carolina's black community has a long history of fighting for democratic rights.
Bernie Sanders was asked at a CNN-sponsored town hall about socialism.
Bernie Sanders is a Democratic Socialist, a potential problem for the presidential candidate. A Cold War campaign to link American-ness and capitalism helped create popular distrust of socialism.
Photographer Ansel Adams poses on a bluff with his camera.
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Largely self-taught, Adams learned to harness the communicative power of photography during his years as a marketing photographer.
Union dead at Gettysburg, July 1863.
National Archives, Timothy H. O'Sullivan photographer
A growing chorus of people say the US has never been so politically divided. A Civil War historian reminds readers that there was once a far more divided time.
Two Marines in the Marine Corps’ 5th Division cemetery on Iwo Jima pay their respects to a fallen comrade.
United States Marine Corps Film Repository, USMC 101863 (16mm film frame)
Films of the battle for Iwo Jima, being digitized 75 years after they were made, offer connections and lessons for Americans of today.
A studio group portrait of the Fisk University Jubilee singers.
James Wallace Black/American Missionary Association
Spirituals were created out of the experience of enslaved people in the US. They weren't songs of anger – but of an abiding belief in the victory of good over evil.
The USS Cairo pulls up to the banks of the Mississippi River in 1862.
U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command
A new look at detailed data about Civil War skirmishes along the Mississippi River reveals another key to the Union's victory.
Activist Greta Thunberg was among attendees who want the world’s leaders to prioritize fighting climate change.
AP Photo/Michael Probst
The World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos put environmental risks at the top of its agenda, while the world's CEOs see overregulation as their biggest threat.