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In times of trouble: the crisis in our universities.

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Kim Carr - In Times Of Trouble - The Crisis In Our Universities Friday, 24 August 2001

In Times Of Trouble - The Crisis In Our Universities Kim Carr - Parliamentary Secretary for Education

Media Statement - 21 August 2001

Today the Senate carried the following resolution moved by Senator Kim Carr and conveyed it to the House of Representatives for its concurrence:

"That in the opinion of the Senate the following is a matter of urgency: the crisis in Australia's university system as a result of the Commonwealth government's funding cuts, as well as the Government's intemperate attacks on those Vice chancellors with the temerity to point this out."


In debating the current crisis in higher education, the Senate identified the disregard shown by both the Prime Minister and his Education Minister, Dr Kemp, as a major reason for the parlous state in which universities now find themselves.

"It is the height of irony," said Senator Carr, "that on the day Science Meets Parliament is hosted by this Parliament we are condemning this Government for overseeing a 23% decline in chemistry staff at our universities, a 29% decline in physicists and a 24% fall in the number of mathematicians."

"What is equally reprehensible is the coercive manner in which this Minister has responded to his critics. What we are now seeing is the politics of fear. Dr Kemp claims to stand for open and free debate in universities but when Vice Chancellors have the courage to speak publicly and reveal the true state of neglect under which their universities are suffering, the Government seeks to muzzle them by writing confrontational letters to them." Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.

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