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The greatest threat to unis comes from their own leadership

University vice-chancellors have singularly failed to live up to the ideals of social justice and equity they so frequently profess, writes Nick Riemer, senior lecturer at the University of Sydney and a member of the NTEU Sydney University branch committee.

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A floral tribute to the federal MPs who got a free ride at uni

Christopher Pyne reckons students should send flowers to taxpayers to say thanks for their education. Freelance journalist Sally Whyte discovers there ought to be a lot of flowers coming from Parliament House.

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A federal takeover of unis? A greater threat to academic freedom

Will the NSW government give up its right to run the state’s universities? It’s a logical next step but it comes with risks to academic freedom, writes Grattan Institute’s higher education program director Andrew Norton.

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Pyne’s crusade: campus fight looming over uni services fees

Campus Liberals are celebrating after Christopher Pyne moved to act on voluntary student unionism. But Labor and the Greens are rallying to defeat any moves to abolish compulsory fees.

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Pyne’s pitch for uni fees abolishment entrenched in Liberal doctrine

Christopher Pyne wants to abolish compulsory fees for university student services. The fight has been a long one, writes Grattan Institute Higher Education Program Director Andrew Norton.

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Tips and rumours

IT wobbles at DIAC … some Coalition types dumping Mirabella in Indi? … who is Barnaby Joyce anyway? …

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With tighter budgets, universities must change course

The federal government’s university cuts will hit staff and students hard. And the lobbying effort will need to change course, writes Grattan Institute higher education program director Andrew Norton.

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Grattan’s penny-pinching on unis music to Abbott’s ears?

The Grattan Insitute is cutting a dash in education policy. Its thoughts could prove irresistible to a penny-pinching future Coalition government.

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Higher ed in trouble: fix visas, increase funding, or bailout with billions

Despite a 49% increase in foreign enrolments in universities alone in the four years to 2006, the committee said five of Australia’s top 10 markets had been in decline over recent years, writes Geoff Maslen.

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FOI documents: AFP changed its tune on Haneef

Sifting through the FOI materials in the case of Dr Mohammed Haneef, a number of things become clear, writes Greg Barns.

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Drawing a line – Islam and money in Australian Universities

Begging for Saudi funding. Bankrolled by intolerant Wahhabism. With these messages, The Australian confirms itself as the London Sun in journalist drag, writes Binoy Kampmark.

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