Christopher Pyne says there is no alternative to his deregulatory reforms. The evidence suggests otherwise.
In the late 1980s, Labor education minister John Dawkins oversaw radical reforms to Australian higher education, including institutional mergers to create a “unified national system,” the introduction of the Higher Education Contribution Scheme, or HECS, and competitive research funding through the Australian Research Council. In principle, the agenda being articulated by the Coalition’s education minister, Christopher Pyne, and his advisers is just as radical, although with different, even contrary, objectives…
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