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Public Sector Informant: The govt's university funding cuts will bring lasting damage

By Blair Williams
Updated June 1 2021 - 4:05am, first published May 31 2021 - 2:00pm
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg before delivering his 2021 budget speech. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong.

In the 2021 budget speech, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg spoke of a "plan to secure Australia's economic recovery and build for the future". Yet universities have been completely overlooked, despite playing a central role in Australia's post-Covid economic and social recovery. They have been left to fend for themselves or, as the Australian National University vice chancellor and Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt puts it, "left to bleed".

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