Originally published in The Canberra Times on October 11, 2014

If universities can’t be trusted to make their own investment decisions, who can be? Indeed, if the federal Coalition wants to join in the mining industry’s attack on the Australian National University for having the temerity to divest its shares in Santos and six other companies, why is the government proposing fee deregulation for the university sector? If the government doesn’t trust the investment making ability of universities, why would it trust its price setting ability?

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