Canberra is a funny town. Mostly we're pretty laid-back, but occasionally the citizenry gets stirred up about something. When that happens, look out!
Professor Ian Young, vice-chancellor of the Australian National University recently found this out, to his cost. His proposal to asset-strip (there is no other term for it) Canberra's prestigious School of Music led to a public furore and the biggest university demonstration in 30 years. by
The ANU isn't the only university in financial stress. Recently there were loud protests at Sydney University against increasing rounds of staff redundancies. This is the long-term result of the Howard and Rudd-Gillard governments' under-funding of tertiary education and user-pays attitude.
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