“I think this is partly due to the large amount of discretionary funding they rely on from government, and their hopes of next week in the budget they would get some additional research support.”
University of South Australia vice-chancellor David Lloyd rejected suggestions the sector had been muted in its response to the changes and acknowledged the government’s central role in funding.
“We can’t lose sight of the fact that the federal government funds 35 per cent of our operation,” he said.
“We’re 100 per cent regulated and we’re 100 per cent legislated by the [government] … so, it’s in their interest… to seek to put a base of policy which allows them to dictate terms.
“We will be recipients of legislation and we’re going to have to work with governments and governments of [the] day as that goes through.”
The package, which is set to be voted on in