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Slow road to fee deregulation and privatisation

PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 10:29 am
by mgcrisp
Slow road to fee deregulation and privatisation
by BEN ETHERINGTON THE AUSTRALIAN MAY 11, 2016 12:00AM

After six months of consultation, Education Minister Simon Birmingham has presented the higher education sector with an options paper. It is a small-target policy platform that looks set to return the discussion of higher education to the usual sector lobbyists, think-tank experts and education department commentators.

"At its heart, it was not a question of fees, but of whether university funding should be centred on the public good of higher learning or the fiction of the rational student consumer."

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/opinion/slow-road-to-fee-deregulation-and-privatisation/news-story/2bfc78b019e1ec2d3a92445683a2f30d