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The Federal Government yesterday unveiled its new national 'Competitiveness Agenda', which will inject nearly $200 million into the parts of the economy where Australia is judged to be the strongest. Source: abc.net.au
Australia has been riding a resources rush for much of the past decade. But what are the long-term consequences of the boom? Journalist Paul Cleary documents what he says is poor regulation and scant regard for people, communities, agricultural lands and water resources.
University professors from around the country are calling on the federal government to reverse its decision to cut $2.3 billion in funding to universities and students. An open letter was published in 18 of today's newspapers, signed by 1,000 university academics, declaring that the cuts 'fundamentally jeopardise the future of higher education in Australia'.