The Trouble with university compacts

Steven Schwartz

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In the run-up to the 2007 election, Labor called for an education revolution. It was strong talk, but apart from promising to subsidise student computers (champagne all around at Dell and Compaq), Labor leaders never actually got around to saying what needs to change. Higher education barely rated a mention. The 2020 Summit produced the idea of reducing the HECS debt of graduates who undertake community work, but other initiatives have to await the results of a ‘comprehensive’ review of higher education. Although the review will not be completed until the end of 2008, statements made by the education and science ministers suggest that one matter has been decided even before the review has begun: in future, university–government relations will be guided by 'compacts'.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-18
Number of pages5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • education higher, Australia
  • education policy


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