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University finances remain beset with uncertainty in Australia, as a new political split opens in the Senate.

Student recruitment and research funding are under threat in Australia, as political infighting threatens to delay the passing of a Bill to reform university finances.

The Australian government plans to uncap tuition fees, cut teaching grants by 20 per cent cut and charge real interest rates on student loans. However with Labor and the Greens firmly opposed to the changes, it needs support from smaller parties such as the Palmer United Party and independents to get the legislation passed. Now one of the Palmer United Party senators has broken ranks with her own party on another key issue.

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