As many readers know, I have been working extremely hard for quite some time to set up a Master of Insurance Law and Practice degree at Victoria University, Melbourne. This I do in the hope it will assist the insurance industry and those professionals that work in it. Not only in Australia, but also in Asia Pacific.
This of course is not the first cut that universities have suffered under this government. Already nearly $4 billion has been slashed.
I cannot believe that any government that has the long term good of the nation at heart would take this sort of short term, Mao style, approach to the education of our young adults. Perhaps their plan is that if there are more uneducated people in the community there is more chance they will vote for them.
Of course it is not just the government, but also the independents that are supporting these cuts. I urge every voter to really think about what this does for our country, our economy, our industries, the next generation and beyond, when they go to the ballot box later this year.
I compare this retrograde step with the vision of Charles Hoadley, who was so instrumental in the formation of what is today Victoria University or the political opposition that the far sighted then Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Paul Everingham suffered to set up Charles Darwin University. It was the strength of men and women such as these that have gone on to create 22 of the world’s best universities in Australia.
I end by saying that this is the 299th posting I have made this year but this one has taken more edits than any other to get past my self censoring process. You are certainly reading the toned down version! They are, however, my personal views and not necessarily those of either Victoria University, or my employer.