Education Talking Points 16-10-15


Date: Friday, 16th October 2015

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More needs to be done to curb runaway student loans in vocational training (English)

Source: The Age, 14 Oct 2015

Loan scandals have featured heavily in Australia’s political history, and this week the new Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, will be hoping the buck stops here. Simon Birmingham’s job this week in Parliament will be to close a wide opening on effectively carte blanche access to vocational education student loans to vocational colleges, now approaching $2 billion. Additionally, the loans crisis also extends into higher education providers.


Universities Australia calls for radical rethink on higher education policy (English)

Source: The Advocate, 07 Oct 2015

Universities Australia will attempt to steer the higher education debate away from fee deregulation by calling for a “radical” policy re-think based on increased public funding for research and development.


Chinese ambassador urges Australia to recognize benefits of FTA, strong bilateral ties (English)

Source:, 29 Sep 2015

Ambassador Ma stated that the China-Australia relationship is not about buying and selling. It has grown far beyond economics and trade. There is also growing popular support for China-Australia bilateral relationship. A recent poll shows that over 70% of Australians support closer ties with China. Currently, around 240,000 Chinese students are studying in Australia. Likewise, with the number of Australian students pursuing education and internships in China reaching 900 by 2016, China is set to become the most attractive destination under the New Colombo Plan.


This brief summarises a range of publicly available news articles in both Chinese and    English and AustCham takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information in these articles. In addition, the views and opinions reflected in these articles are not necessarily representative of AustCham.


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