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Can the government realistically cut funding by 20% for each student in higher education?

Victoria University Vice Chancellor, Peter Dawkins, writes in The Conversation (13.7.16) about the policy options available to the federal government in higher education funding, after the Coalition’s earlier proposals were blocked in the last Senate.

‘Higher education policy is one of the biggest challenges facing the new federal government.

‘The budget forward estimates show substantial savings from a 20% cut in the government subsidy per student.

‘However, the original plan to achieve this through full deregulation of student fees is no longer an option. So, can the government realistically achieve its savings?’

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