Cuts will hit CSU students hardest

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Period25 Nov 2013

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  • TitleCuts will hit CSU students hardest
    Degree of recognitionLocal
    Media name/outletThe Daily Advertiser
    Media typePrint
    DescriptionCUTS to higher education funding will have a significant impact on students studying at Charles Sturt University, a senior figure from the organisation says.
    CSU will be $6.3 million worse off each year from 2015 after the federal government announced on Friday $2.3 billion was being slashed from the higher education sector.
    "The higher education sector is the one sector that delivers sustained productivity to the nation by producing the educated workforce that creates goods and services that keep the Australian economy buoyant and growing," CSU Vice-Chancellor and president Professor Andrew Vann said.
    The cuts will make it harder for CSU to deliver quality education, he said.
    "This will impact the capacity of the university to provide the optimal research, teaching and learning for our current and future students, and the communities of regional Australia in particular."
    Meanwhile, a CSU social work lecturer has slammed a proposal that would see babies taken at birth from drug and alcohol addicted mothers who refuse help.
    Dr Fredrik Velander said the proposal was a "knee-jerk reaction", which was likely to disadvantage vulnerable women.
    Legislation has been put to state parliament that would force pregnant women who abuse drugs, alcohol or are in violent relationships to sign parental responsibility contracts ordering them to undergo treatment.
    If they refuse, the women could have their child taken from them by authorities.
    "From a needs perspective it is unquestionably a step in the right direction considering the increasing rate of babies born with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder and drug addiction," Dr Velander said.
    "From a legal and ethical perspective it raises questions as to how this is to be enforced as well as what legal rights come into play in situations like these."
    Producer/AuthorFairfax Media Publications Pty Limited
    PersonsFredrik Velander