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An open letter to Australia’s Education Minister Dan Tehan — signed by 73 senior professors

More than 70 of Australia's Laureate professors have signed a letter to the minister for education, Dan Tehan, outlining the flaws in the proposed university reforms.
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Universities have gone from being a place of privilege to a competitive market. What will they be after coronavirus?

This essay explores the way the social contract between universities, society and the state has changed over the course of the 20th century. And how generations of students paid and benefitted.
Australia’s public commentary will tell you our spending on tertiary education is much lower than other OECD countries’. from shutterstock.com

Australia’s tertiary education spending grew while commentators cried otherwise: we explain in 6 charts

For years, we've heard Australia's spending on tertiary education is some of the lowest in the OECD. This is only true if you ignore GDP growth. Real spending was actually going up, until 2016.
Macquarie University is hit harder than others, but domestic enrolments across Australia aren’t increasing like they used to. from shutterstock.com

Enrolments flatlining: Australian unis’ financial strife in three charts

In 2018, domestic numbers for undergraduate courses fell for the first time since 2013 – they will remain stagnant for some years. This and other factors put unis at face financial risk.

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