Mostly good news in budget despite tough times | Julie Hare, Higher education editor | The Australian Higher Education | 11 May, 2011
THE federal government last night delivered on key promises made in 2009 following the release of the Bradley report. As a result the higher education sector will have an additional $7 billion from indexation increases and funding for additional students under the demand-driven system. And a record $9.3bn science and research budget has effectively stemmed outcry from the medical research fraternity, which had been protesting against a rumoured $400 million in cuts, which haven’t eventuated. Indexation and additional student places have resulted in a gain of about $1.7bn during the next four years.