Media Releases

Senators take a stand against cuts to universities and students 19 Oct 2017
The Nick Xenophon Team’s announcement that it cannot support the Government’s $2.8 billion cut to universities and students is “a victory for common sense and Australia’s best interests”.
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University funding cuts risk Australia's export income 6 Oct 2017
Australia’s income has become even more reliant on the quality of our university sector, ratcheting up the risk that university funding cuts would erode our future national earnings.
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Don't scrap higher education 'future fund' 29 Sep 2017
Universities Australia today called on the Senate Economics Committee to resist the Government’s plan to scrap the Education Investment Fund – the future fund for higher education set up by former Treasurer Peter Costello.
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Don't axe nation-building, wealth-creating higher ed 'future fund' 27 Sep 2017
A plan to axe the Education Investment Fund would shut down “a nation-building, wealth-creating, innovation-supporting” program forever – and undermine Peter Costello’s legacy of a future fund for higher education.
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Unis call for deferral of start date for any higher ed changes 15 Sep 2017
Universities call on the Government to revisit 1 January 2018 as the start date for any higher education funding changes, now the fate of its legislation will not be decided until at least mid-October.
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NXT says higher ed legislation is a "blunt and deep cut" that will cost jobs 13 Sep 2017
NXT Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie called tonight for a comprehensive review of post-school education and declared “we cannot accept this is the reform that is needed” in debate on the Government’s higher education legislation.
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Australia's public spend on tertiary education lags Estonia and Turkey as a share of GDP 13 Sep 2017
Australia spends a smaller share of our national income on public investment in tertiary education than countries like Estonia, Turkey and Latvia, new global figures confirm.
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Government out of step with community opposition to uni cuts: only one in ten SA voters support 12 Sep 2017
The majority of voters Australia-wide oppose the Turnbull Government’s plan to inflict $2.8 billion of cuts on universities and students – with the strongest opposition in South Australia and Victoria.
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Rankings highlight risk of uni funding cuts 6 Sep 2017
Australia's strong global university rankings face growing competition from a rising Chinese university system powered by Government investment, highlighting the dangers of a proposed $2.8 billion cut to university funding.
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Keynote Address AFR HE Summit Professor Margaret Gardner AO 29 Aug 2017
First of all I’d like to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation and pay my respects to their Elders past and present. I’d also like to thank the sponsors for this summit.
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