Have universities gone bureaucrazy?

For each university research project funded, up to five times as much is spent on proposals that will never see the light of day. And that's just the start of the waste.

The new Liberal government will soon hand down its first budget, inevitably involving large cuts to university funding. This is part of a given trend in Australian politics - the Labor Party began making universities and university students “pay their own way” with the Higher Education Contribution Scheme, and one of departing Labor’s last acts in 2013 was to cut over $3 billion from university funding to pay for increased school education funding.

Another cut will contribute to the budget bottom line, and government claims of a more efficient university sector. But it will also strengthen the hands of the real wasters: the “Bureaucrazies” that run universities.

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