Education minister Dan Tehan will today announce a plan to more than double the cost of humanities degrees and slash prices for “job-relevant” science, engineering, nursing and maths courses. In a speech at the National Press Club at 12.30pm AEST, Tehan will unveil the radical overhaul of tertiary education, which includes an extra 39,000 university places to meet high demand linked to the soaring unemployment rate. The federal government will increase its contribution to the cost of classes including agriculture, English, psychology, teaching, and architecture, which will cost between $3700 and $7700 per year. Furthering the push towards business-orientated education, humanities courses will more than double in price in moving into the highest price band of $14,500 a year alongside those studying law and commerce, which will also have their fees raised by 28 per cent. “Students will have a choice,” Tehan will say. “Their degree will be cheaper if they choose to study in areas where there is expected growth in job opportunities.” Tehan has denied an extra bailout to universities, but funding for student places will return to being increased in line with the consumer price index.
Unions, including the CFMMEU have refused to accept the Labor plan for reform following revelations of branch stacking, reports The Age. The unions are seeking legal advice over the plan to have Victorian candidates for parliamentary seats chosen by the party's national executive committee while branch stacking allegations are investigated. The dispute comes as more leaked texts from federal Labor MP Anthony Byrne to ousted Victorian minister Adem Somyurek reveal Byrne once boasted ($) about using journalist Nick McKenzie to “destroy’’ enemies and exact political retribution. Byrne’s office was used to secretly record conversations with Somyurek, which informed McKenzie’s weekend story on branch stacking for Nine’s 60 Minutes and The Age.
Liberal senator Eric Abetz billed taxpayers $3000 for return flights from Hobart to Melbourne and a series of Comcar journeys for he and a family member to attend a gala dinner celebrating the mining industry. The senator flew into Melbourne on the day of the Australian Mines and Metals Association centenary celebrations on August 1, 2018, stayed overnight, and left the following day, reports Guardian Australia. Liberal National party MP Andrew Laming used $1179 in family reunion travel entitlements to pay for his wife to fly home to Brisbane from a Melbourne work conference.
The United States Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against US President Donald Trump’s bid to end a program preventing the deportation of 650,000 immigrants who entered the United States as children without documentation. The court ruled against the move based on the procedure used by the US Department of Homeland Security, but also noted the attempt “was arbitrary and capricious”. It comes days after the Supreme Court granted employment protections to LGBT workers, as the body pushes back against conservative agendas despite Trump-appointed judges holding a conservative majority on the bench.