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Prime time outrage over education deregulation

In the federal budget announced on Tuesday night, Treasurer Joe Hockey unveiled the most sweeping changes to the higher education sector since the 1970s, including the deregulation of tertiary education fees and increases to student contributions. These reforms are what students from the Education Action Group were drawing attention to when they staged a protest […]

From politics to a PhD: Australia’s oldest university graduate

When explaining her zest for life and continuous quest for knowledge, Dr Elisabeth Kirkby quotes Mark Twain. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning is young. The greatest thing you can do is keep your mind young.” Dr Kirkby’s extraordinary life is an example of this. At age […]

Raue survives board vote

By Oscar Coleman The activist vice-president of the University of Sydney Union (USU), Tom Raue, will remain in his current position following the failure of a dismissal motion against him. Six of the 11 directors voted for his removal, falling short of the two-thirds majority required to expel Mr Raue from the board. The motion […]

Student leader faces dismissal, bankruptcy

By Sean O'Grady The University of Sydney’s student union will decide whether to dismiss its embattled vice-president, Tom Raue, at a special meeting on April 17, the board has confirmed. The decision to press ahead with a motion for Mr Raue’s removal follows a Supreme Court ruling in March that overturned an injunction preventing his […]

News in brief

Raue on the ropes The vice-president of the University of Sydney student union, Tom Raue, may be expelled after the NSW Supreme Court ruled that the union's board of directors has the power to remove fellow directors. The board moved to expel Raue after he leaked a sentence from a confidential report to the student […]

Students to take financial blow

University students are set to take a major hit to the back pocket, with tertiary education costs on the rise. According to the Australian Scholarships Group (ASG) Planning for University Education Index, university fees will rise by two-thirds over the next decade. “Yearly course costs for accounting, law and medicine degrees are estimated to rise […]

Raue’s expulsion leads to student rebuke

The University of Sydney Union (USU) has confirmed it is seeking to have its Vice-President Tom Raue expelled from the board after he leaked information contained in an internal report to student newspaper Honi Soit. The student organisation’s attempt to remove the elected board director has stirred controversy at the university and earned the organisation […]

Gillard hears students’ pleas, but fails to listen

Julia Gillard’s recent backflip on the proposed Youth Allowance Scheme has attracted further criticism from students, education experts and members of the Opposition. Changes to eligibility criteria will now be delayed until mid 2012, leaving some students feeling left out in the cold. The changes ensure current gap year students are not affected by the […]