Closed borders and a stressed quarantine system are signs of a devastating time ahead for universities dependent on foreign students.
With an economic crisis looming, if foreign students stay away Australia is in big trouble.
The government's university fee hike is a sloppy, rushed proposal which will achieve the opposite of what it proposes... but maybe that's the point.
The government's plan to restructure university fees will have disastrous consequences for all students, not just those studying the humanities.
With the government planning to jack up the cost of a humanities degree, Crikey thought it was worth looking at exactly which politicians benefited from the kind of education that now seems increasingly out of reach for young Australians.
In a major attack on universities, the government wants to dramatically lift fees for humanities, law and commerce degrees in an effort to force students to move into preferred vocational subjects.
Universities are one of Australia's biggest exporters and a major employer, but are treated with contempt by the government. Is it because they don't fill the coffers of political parties?
When even the prime minister is muddled about Australia's history of slavery, it's time to ask if our dark past should be addressed head-on.
If universities and government don't give students a voice on dealing with the pandemic's impact, not only will their education be compromised but their job prospects will be savagely diminished.