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Government based university fee modelling on invented figures?

Daniel Hurst writes in The Guardian (25.2.15) ‘Some of the figures used to produce secret government modelling on university fees were “essentially invented by departmental officials”, a senior bureaucrat has said.

‘The education department’s associate secretary, Robert Griew, cast doubt over the calculations in a statement to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) opposing the release of internal government documents on the impact of the government’s higher education reforms.

‘Griew’s statement – tabled in a Senate estimates committee hearing on Wednesday – argued the release of predictions about university fees could undermine “genuine price competition” and “have a potential dampening effect on the frankness of advice” provided to ministers in future.’

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