Opinion

Picking winners: has the government given up on free markets?

By Adam Triggs
Updated July 1 2021 - 4:32pm, first published June 22 2020 - 3:30pm
Australian governments have a long and unusually proud history of being terrible at picking economic winners. Picture: Shutterstock

The federal government announced last week that it would be changing the fees charged for different degrees at Australia's universities. Some degrees will be made cheaper and others more expensive. Which ones? Well, that's based on the government's best guess as to which industries will need more workers in the future.

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