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COPHE Voices at Senate HE Hearing

On 4 September 2014, the Senate referred the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee for inquiry and report. The reporting date is 28 October 2014.

This week the committee held public hearings in Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne. COPHE was represented at the Brisbane hearings on Tuesday, October 7 by COPHE Chair Dr Don Owers, CEO Adrian McComb and four student volunteers from member institutions.

As reported in the Campus Morning Mail

A-grade undergraduates

Adrian McComb and Donald Owers from the Council of Private Higher Education brought students along to make their case – it was a smart move, the young (and not so) undergrads made the case for the same financial assistance as their public university peers and what senator wants to snipe at students? Which is why Senator Waters focused on the council representatives, asking about income and what institutions do with it and how many for-profits there are. Mr McComb anticipated the attack suggesting that carpetbaggers would not accompany deregulation and that Greg Craven’s warning of the “Ma and Pa Kettle Business Academy” was misplaced. see

For a copy of COPHE’s submission to the hearing, click here.

To download the Hansard Transcript of the Inquiry's proceedings on October 7, click here.

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