Robert Menzies established a ‘buffer body’ between government and universities.
Liberal Prime Minister Robert Menzies insisted universities should have protection from political interference. But Bob Hawke’s education minister John Dawkins dismantled these protections.
The pandemic has restricted protests, but more Australians benefit directly from higher education than ever before.
Three decades ago, in another time of upheaval in higher education, 7% of working-age Australians had a degree. Today 33% have one. More people than ever have a stake in what happens to universities.
While governments have tried to curb universities’ autonomy, the institutions have often spent their money unwisely. And now, we face a crisis.
Merging UniSA and the University of Adelaide could produce a number of benefits.
While creating a bigger university is an important incentive for this proposed merger, good leadership and a shared vision are needed to make it a success.
The Dawkins reforms to higher education in 1989 saw the creation of HECS and arguably the biggest shake-up of higher education the country had seen - but how did it come about?
The release of the 1988-89 cabinet documents show that the Hawke government’s plans for Australian higher education were in some ways as radical as the policies that Education Minister Christopher Pyne…