Australia will not cut public funding to universitiesStaff writer ▼ | December 3, 2014
The Australian Senate rejected government proposal to cut public funding to universities but allowed campuses to raise student fees to make up the shortfall.
Down under Prime Minister Tony Abbott is not very popular
The government had hoped to save 1.1 billion Australian dollars ($934 million) over three years from 2016 under the plan that included reducing government restrictions on how much universities can charge Australian students. Fee-paying foreign students subsidize Australian students at the same universities, which are largely state-funded.
An opinion poll by Sydney-based market researcher Newspoll published in The Australian showed Abbott's approval rating fell to 33 percent from 41 percent in September. ■