Universities have financial resources — property, bequests and philanthropic funds, and access to lines of credit — they can access rather than forcing staff to sacrifice their jobs.
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 government has more than doubled the cost of humanities degrees to encourage 'job-ready' graduates. But on what evidence?
The government's higher education changes appear driven by three factors.
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.
The government has announced childcare will return to the mean-tested system that was in place before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
The government's emergency relief package for childcare centres has kept many from collapsing financially due to COVID-19. The transition to other arrangements must be slow and carefully managed.
Michelle Grattan talks with Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher (remotely) about the week in politics.
Scott Morrison was on the ball – and quickly on the phone. Hardly had education minister Dan Tehan finished giving Victorian premier Daniel Andrews a bollocking on the ABC’s Insiders than he received a…
What to do about the schools is set to return centre stage when the national cabinet later this week discusses the next steps in managing the coronavirus – specifically, the first stages of the way to “the other side”.
Education Minister Dan Tehan has warned non-government schools that if they fail to open for the next term they will face losing funding. He said on Thursday that “as part of the funding requirement” a…
The number of coronavirus cases in Australia is likely to be quite small, but there could be substantial broader effects.
Parliament will reopen in the final month of a summer of horror for the country in general and Scott Morrison in particular.
Education minister Dan Tehan said the PISA results were ‘dismal’.
PISA tests only three subjects that aren't representative of an entire education system. Meanwhile, the test conditions are different across countries and comparisons are fraught.
Professor of Public Ethics, Clive Hamilton, has warned that unless Australian universities act decisively, they will live “under the ever-darkening shadow of Beijing”.
Professor of Public Ethics, Clive Hamilton, has accused "many" vice-chancellors of of losing sight of academic freedom, under the pressure of revenue and influence from China.
There has been mounting concern over Chinese influence in Australia’s universities.
The Morrison government is setting up a University Foreign Interference Taskforce, as it grapples with encroachments by China into Australia's higher education sector.
An independent review found there was no freedom of speech crisis at universities, but it recommended a model code of conduct.
The pressure for universities to take action on free speech may be more about politics than anything else.
There need to be deeper reforms to teaching, such as higher pay at the top end, better opportunities for career advancement, and improvements to the professional working environment.
Evidence shows improving teacher selection will improve student results.
Regardless of who wins next year’s federal election, it’s time for us to all get on the same page.
2018 was a mixed bag for schooling policy in Australia, with new ministers, a new organisation and auspicious anniversaries. It’s worth reflecting on the year that’s been.
The Melbourne Declaration provides a national vision of what education in Australia should be for.
The Melbourne Declaration is now ten years old. It acts as a national guide for education policy, practice and delivery in Australian schools.