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Pyne announces review of Labor's university sector reforms

THE Abbott Government has started a review of Labor's recent demand-driven reforms to the university sector.

Education Minister Christopher Pyne announced the review in a statement today, with a former politician and an education adviser to run the review.

The review comes only weeks after Mr Pyne had denied he was considering increasing fees or capping university places.

Labor's reforms allowed about 190,000 more Australians to study at university, but some have criticised the move, citing quality concerns.

Mr Pyne, who floated the proposal just after the election, said at the time that quality was the new government's watchword on university.

But a move to change the caps is likely to face opposition from regional universities, where numbers have swelled since Labor's reforms.

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Mr Pyne said the review was "a matter of good practice" that governments should monitor policies to ensure they were working as intended.

"The government is committed to supporting innovation, competition and diversity in higher education and ensuring that quality is maintained and enhanced under the demand driven system," he said.

Mr Pyne appointed former politician Dr David Kemp and Grattan Institute advisor Andrew Norton to lead the review.
The public will have until December 16 to voice their concerns to the review.


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