Massive Change Looms for Universities

Australian Financial Review,  Our higher education sector is set for a massive transformation whether we like it or not. Just as the newspaper and retailing industries are facing disruptions due to the internet, so will the education sector. It will be challenging to existing institutions but potentially hugely beneficial to Australians – if we get…

Sovereign Wealth Fund a Bad Idea for Australia.

PUBLISHED IN ‘THE PARTY ROOM’ VOL 9, Winter 2012: Despite gaining support in influential circles as a mechanism for capturing today’s wealth for future generations, a sovereign wealth fund should be firmly rejected. That such a fund involves government purchasing billions of company shares should, in itself, be sufficient to sway most liberals and conservatives.…

Child care: balancing quality and cost

PUBLISHED ON THE DRUM June 15, 2012 (Co-authored with Josh Frydenberg MP, Federal Member for Kooyong) The Prime Minister’s emergency forum on childcare affordability last week was a last-minute attempt to get the politics, not the policy, right. Julia Gillard may be concerned about the 11 per cent increase in childcare fees this year, but…

Government must step up to attract top teachers

PUBLISHED ON THE DRUM May 7, 2012 The introduction of minimum standards for teacher education courses is urgent. Entrance scores have collapsed as revealed by a government report on university offers released last week: 6.5 per cent of offers were made to students with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank of below 50. A further 15 per…

Build different new bridges

The Prime Minister’s long-awaited school funding reforms outlined in the Gonski Review have been quietly shelved. The education ministers meeting last Thursday failed to endorse the reforms, with the Victorian Minister stating plainly that no substantial change will be happening anytime soon. After two years of work, it will back to the drawing board for…