GRADUATION ADDRESS 7 APRIL 2016 PROFESSOR STEPHEN PARKER VICE-CHANCELLOR UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA Thank you Chancellor. Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve said quite enough in this ceremony already, and in the previous seven this week. I’m a bit over the sound of my own voice, as my colleagues must be too. But this, as you have heard,… Read More


Below is a paper I’m presenting tonight at the TJ Ryan Foundation, Brisbane INEQUALITY AND HIGHER EDUCATION: A CLASS ACT PROFESSOR STEPHEN PARKER AO VICE-CHANCELLOR, UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA   PAPER PRESENTED TO THE TJ RYAN FOUNDATION BRISBANE 16 FEBRUARY 2016[1] (SHORT VERSION)   “GOOD VIBRATIONS?” Thank you for inviting me. I am proud to present… Read More


There is much to be welcomed about “Investing In Our Economic Future”, the Australian Labor Party statement released today, 21 September. Starting with a point that appears in the second half of the statement, Labor will initiate a targeted Green Paper-White Paper process to finalise the implementation of its reforms.  Australia needs to be able… Read More


Below is an opinion piece I wrote for ABC’s The Drum, published today (16 March, 2015) You can also read it here. The Government’s decision today to split the higher education reforms into separate bills, so that a 20% cut in teaching grants is to be debated separately from the deregulation of domestic student fees, helps us… Read More


Below is a joint submission to the Senate Inquiry into the principles of the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014, and related matters written by Ben Phillips from NATSEM and myself. You can also view it by clicking here. SENATE EMPLOYMENT AND EDUCATION REFERENCES COMMITTEE HIGHER EDUCATION AND RESEARCH REFORM BILL 2014 SUBMISSION BY PROFESSOR… Read More


Below is a joint submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014 written by Ben Phillips from NATSEM and myself. You can also view it by clicking here. SENATE EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE HIGHER EDUCATION AND RESEARCH REFORM BILL 2014 SUBMISSION BY PROFESSOR STEPHEN PARKER, VICE-CHANCELLOR, UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA… Read More


Below is an opinion piece I wrote with Ben Phillips from NATSEM, published in The Australian on 18 February, 2015.  You can also view it by clicking here. WHAT, or whose, problem is the government trying to solve in its revised higher education reform proposals? Last Friday at the University of Canberra a fascinating round-table forum brought… Read More


Dianne, Kelly, Kirra, Peter and other members of the Choquenot family, Chancellor, Deputy Chancellor, colleagues. David Choquenot was a great leader, an excellent scholar, a terrific colleague – and in my case a personal friend. He was decent, generous, balanced, clever, strategic, no-nonsense. David was a head-banger, but it was never other people’s heads: only… Read More


It is my sad duty to inform you that David Choquenot passed away suddenly on Friday.  His colleagues in the Institute of Applied Ecology have been informed and, with the agreement of David’s wife, Associate Professor Dianne Gleeson, I am now letting all colleagues know as soon as possible. David was an expert in wild… Read More


Below is an opinion piece I wrote for The Australian, that was published online yesterday. You can also view the piece online here. The Senate voted down the higher education reforms yesterday, but the Minister introduced a revised bill into the Lower House this morning, to have it ready for the Senate early next year when Parliament resumes.… Read More