Unis aren’t on election agendas

Minister for all things educational Stuart Robert signals the government make training a campaign issue

“Believe me when I say 2021 is the Year of the Australian apprentice” Mr Robert told a business audience Tuesday, pitching his message to a core constituency, just as Labor did on Sunday when Anthony Albanese talked-up TAFE funding.

The messages may also appeal to voters who think the reason they can’t find a plumber is too many young people are doing degrees.

This is very bad for universities – promises on training will suck the funding oxygen out of the election – leaving HE gasping.