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Either through stupidity or spite, the Liberal/National Government's inaction during #COVID-19 will devastate universities. Higher ed drives innovation & growth and will underpin our economic recovery in a changing post-COVID world. (thread) universitiesaustralia.edu.au/policy-submiss… @uniaus @nteu
Pre-COVID, education was Australia's 3rd largest export sector, earning over $30b a year. Australian universities employ more people than the entire manufacturing sector.
dfat.gov.au/about-us/publi…
lmip.gov.au/default.aspx?L… #ausecon
Due to travel restrictions, Australian unis face at least a short-term loss in revenue of at least $10b. Like other areas of the economy, they're struggling to pay their staff. theconversation.com/australian-uni…
@ScottMorrisonMP has singled out universities to exclude them from the JobKeeper payment. There's no option to keep staff on if they'll be needed again soon. timeshighereducation.com/news/australia…
I teach computer science, one of the 'job-ready' fields @DanTehanWannon wants to encourage. Under proposed HECS changes, funding for domestic students in computing is steady. But in engineering, maths & science, $ per student will be cut massively. theconversation.com/the-government… #CSEd
As the sector adapts to plummeting revenue, every faculty (including 'job-ready' computer science) must make huge, immediate cost savings. Early-career academics and women will bear the brunt of the cuts. science.org.au/covid19/resear… #WomenInSTEM #ECR
I love teaching #CompSci. I have enthusiastic, creative students who want to build systems that improve life for everyone. But I know their learning experience will deteriorate without immediate action to support teaching and research. #CSEd
This is an unprecedented economic crisis, but it won't last forever. @ScottMorrisonMP is watching over the destruction of skills and capacity that will take a generation to rebuild. Students will suffer; research will be cancelled; young researchers will leave and never return.
If this were an iconic Australian automobile, we'd at least get politicians in hi-vis wandering around our campuses pretending to care. Instead, @ScottMorrisonMP & @DanTehanWannon have chosen to abandon students, and burn a key pillar of our economic recovery.
*mining* sector. Sorry about that.
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