The federal government will dump university fee reforms

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The federal government will drop proposed reforms to deregulate university fees.

Education and training minister Simon Birmingham will today announce he will not reintroduce the government’s higher education bill into parliament for another vote this year, the SMH reported.

The plan was to allow universities to set their own fees, while simultaneously cutting government funding. But the bill failed to pass through the Senate on two previous occasions.

The reforms had been championed by former education minister Christopher Pyne, under the government headed by Tony Abbott. Allowing universities to set their own fees would encourage competition, leading to “better courses, better teaching and more competitive pricing”, Pyne said.

Fee deregulation drew a strong backlash from some commentators, especially given the potential for $100,000 degrees was touted, even if that may have been somewhat misleading.

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