education minister dan tehan
Minister for Education Dan Tehan

The proposals for a new form of university funding announced by Education Minister Dan Tehan last week have been described as many things, but they are, above all, very, very curious.

They are a market-oriented attempt to restructure course demand and supply, which goes against all of the standard research on how prospective students choose courses, and how universities make decisions on what to offer.

They are an attack on the humanities, an attack that does as much damage to traditional subjects as to the alleged "red bases" of social science they seek to limit.