uni cuts budget 2017

Today Education Minister Simon Birmingham will give a speech in effect telling the higher education sector that he's the Terminator. He's just going to keep on coming after universities in an effort to cut their funding. And nothing is going to stop him. In a speech that, as is the fashion of the time, was liberally distributed to journalists a day before he delivers it, Birmingham will tell universities they are "kidding themselves" if they think that pressure to cut their funding is going to relent.

The Senate, of course, has different views, and has already twice rebuffed an effort by the Abbott government to slash university funding and force students to pay much higher costs for their degrees. There's speculation the government will try a non-legislative route to cut funding instead.