Today Treasurer Hockey stressed deregulation ( The Americanisation of our higher education system) would be essential for Australian universities to compete with Asia going forward.
"There's campuses in Asia with a quarter of a million students. They have the capacity to get the best academics in the world. Our universities, if we do not deregulate them, will not be able to compete over the medium term," he said.
"You're going to have some of the best and brightest Australians end up going to universities in Asia... because they've got high profile, leading-edge academics who are getting paid a lot of money that Australians cant afford to pay."( Really??)
"So if we don't deregulate our universities, which all but one vice-chancellors think must be deregulated... if we don't do it, we're going to beThe measures include a full deregulation of university fees, as well as a 20% reduction in government contribution to new students' fees.In the 2015 budget, the government also introduced a reform that would see Australians with a HECS debt who live overseas having to repay their debt.
Some have speculated that the education reforms – which already qualify as a trigger for a double dissolution – could be used by the government to go to the polls early. Let's hope so! The sooner the better!