In a speech to the AFR‘s higher education conference today, Science and Research Minister Kim Carr, showing Nelsonesque levels of capacity to suppress cognitive dissonance, said that:
the Government will expect universities to provide better, more meaningful data on research costs through activity-based reporting, and to meet specific performance targets to be developed in consultation with the sector. …
The Government will use any additional funding as a lever to:
* drive structural reform within institutions and across the sector,
* increase transparency and accountability,
* ensure that resources are allocated rationally and used efficiently,
* make universities responsible for their decisions, and
* improve the way universities manage their estate.
These are precisely the same ends we will expect to achieve through mission-based funding compacts.
but at the same time…
Compacts will increase institutional autonomy …
So unprecedented interference in how universities run their business increases their autonomy?
I know Orwell is overused, but how can I resist?:
War is Peace.
Freedom is Slavery.
Ignorance is Strength.