Showing posts from September, 2013

Just one complaint I promise

This isn't going to be long and it's not going to be frequent, because I have so much other stuff to do and also because I don't want to be that person who spends months after an election defeat smouldering with rage. It's probably unhealthy, apart from anything else.

But come on.

Review the demand-driven model? Okay. It's vaguely plausible that universities are taking on too many students and quality is declining as a result - although it's strange that the main worry is about "poisoning" the international reputation of the sector rather than, you know, making sure that students are getting the best possible education. But whatever.

Abolish compulsory SSAF - well, I don't go to an Australian university and I have no dog in this fight, but somebody has to pay for this stuff and it's not obvious why it shouldn't be the students. Any particular student's university fees already pay for lots of things that student will never use, so the serv…

So just like the last five years then

I got a letter today, and it contained a promise. When I checked, it wasn't the first time this promise had been made, and when I checked a little more, the promise meant nothing at all. But I'll let the pictures do the talking.

Two million jobs, in ten years? No! That'd be nearly seventeen thousand jobs every month!

You can get the data here, if you feel like making a graph for yourself.

Bonus "Australia is awesome" update: here is a graph for the same period, measured at the same intervals, for the US.

Australia is awesome.