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The Age is today reporting that Christopher Pyne intends to make several substantial changes to the university sector.
These changes are expected to include removing the compulsory fee collected by universities to support student services and removing Labor’s targets to lift participation by disadvantaged students. A reintroduction on caps for university places is also a possibility.
According to the executive director of the Regional Universities Network, the fee is important to provide services that are located far from the town centre.
Under the Labor government, 190,000 more students had access to higher education due to the demand driven model. Reverting to the cap system may limit opportunities for young people in the future.
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