Monash University chancellor Finkel has likened tuition fee controls to communism
Speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra this week, Dr Finkel said universities should be freed up to set their own tuition fees, in line with the recent deregulation of student demand, as a way to encourage them to invest in high quality courses.
What has happened in the last few years is they have freed up student demand, so we have gone from a controlled sector of the market at (the student demand level) but they have maintained central control, what I like to think of as a communist system in terms of how the universities are controlled from the federal government, he said. Which means we cant set fees.
If you cant set fees, you cant increase the fees in order to have more money to invest in higher quality, he said.