It was standing room only at a public meeting in Footscray in which more than 100 people heard about the campaign to defend jobs and courses at Victoria University. Management wants to sack up to one quarter of all academic staff.
Chilean students are back on the streets. More than 180,000 marched on 16 April under the slogan “Ni corruptos ni empresarios, que Chile decida su educación” (Neither corrupt politicians nor business, Chileans must decide their education).
Higher education in Chile will be free from March 2016, funded by US$8.3billion in corporate tax increases. Recently adopted legislation also ends government subsidies to for-profit schools, stops selective entrance policies in the public system and establishes a 10-year plan to provide free education for all primary and secondary students.