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Opinion

Pandemic exposes universities' dirty secret

Australian universities have come to rely not only on international students, but high levels of casual staff. Many claim they are systemically underpaid, with some institutions under audit for wage theft more akin to the hospitality industry. Damien Cahill argues that ending exploitation and putting staff back on the books should be part of the sector’s recovery.

Opinion

Moving on up not the smartest deal for universities

Universities across Australia are increasingly setting up in CBDs, with federal government funding tied to a wider policy of revitalising cities. But sacrificing space and amenity for vertical expansion often isn’t a great deal for students, research or the university’s bottom line, argues Geoff Hanmer.

News

SA senator defends supporting "far from ideal" uni package

The SA cross-bench senator whose support will deliver the Morrison Government’s controversial university funding Bill says he will vote for it despite conceding it is “far from ideal” and will leave humanities, law and commerce students with debts of up to $50,000.