Just then (5pm news) on Radio National there was a story about how delighted university leaders are with the infrastructure money pledged to them from last night's budget.
The radio headline was BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME.
Build it and WHO will come?
I don't know about other campuses, but all ANU has done in the last few years is build buildings. I have heard university management admit that they have lots of money for buildings but no money for staff. Or fittings, for that matter.
WHO WILL FRIGGING COME? WHO WILL USE THE BUILDINGS? WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO LEARN FROM NICE BUILDINGS?
I had to stop folding book pages for a minute because I was spitting in my fury.
Where is the money for people, people? Save teaching jobs. Hire more staff. Give students value for money!!!
This Government sucks. And so will the next one, probably. I want to move somewhere sane. Any suggestions?