Tinkering with education will tear through Australia’s social fabric

University fee deregulation is likely to skew students away from healthcare and education as they seek out degrees that offer the highest return on investment. The flow-on effects to the housing sector should not be overlooked.

Few reforms proposed in the federal budget will have the same magnitude of long-term effects as university fee deregulation. By shifting the costs and incentives for university students, the reforms could fundamentally change Australia’s social fabric, with significant implications for career choice.


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