Amidst the brouhaha over the federal government’s overhaul of university fees, one thing is clear: it means the end of the humanities in Australia. Education minister Dan Tehan has proposed a whopping 113 per cent fee increase for humanities and social sciences courses, putting them on a part with law and business in a new top tuition band. The cost of those law and business degrees will also rise by the somewhat less astronomical rate of 28 per cent. By contrast, nursing, teaching, languages (strangely, including English literature), and the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) will benefit from fee reductions ranging from 21 per cent to 62 per cent.
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