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Crack down planned on ‘cheap degree’ racket

The Turnbull government wants to introduce reforms to stop universities over-enrolling students in profitable courses, such as law, while knowing graduates will struggle to find jobs.

Education minister Simon Birmingham has warned that universities could be penalised by federal cuts to course subsidies if they are nor responsive to the economic realities of Australia’s jobs market.

Speaking at a higher education conference in Melbourne in 12 August, Birmingham said university enrolments must be driven by “what is in the best interests of the student and the need of the national economy”.

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