Australian universities fell into a deep development slumber for many years and paid the price. Daniel McDiarmid asks if our tertiary institutions have at last awoken and seen the light. Australian universities fell into a deep development slumber for many years and paid the price. Daniel McDiarmid asks if our tertiary institutions have at last awoken and seen the light. Although the early histories of several Australian universities (such as Adelaide, Western Australia, RMIT, Sydney and Queensland) tell the stories of great philanthropy, private support diminished during the post WWII period of rapid expansion of universities and university enrolment. As the Commonwealth lost its appetite for fully funding universities over…

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