education minister dan tehan
Minister for Education Dan Tehan

For weeks, the government has been urged by business and media cheerleaders not to waste the crisis engendered by the pandemic, and implement a hardline neoliberal agenda.

While so far it has resisted the impulse in industrial relations and tax out of concern about the political reaction, the government today will announce it will crack down on humanities education, dramatically increasing the cost of humanities degrees in an effort to force students into more vocational subjects such as STEM, agriculture and nursing.

The "reallocation" of funding comes on top of the government's refusal to assist the university sector cope with the loss of billions in revenue from foreign students due to the government's border closure and urging foreign students in the country to return home.