Post of the week. University education: The soaring cost of credentialism.
There was a time when nurses learnt their craft in hospitals as trainee nurses. They were paid for learning on the job, and they learnt what the job was about. That changed in the early 1980s, when nursing educators wanted more respect and more money. Nursing became a university course so the educators could be called professors and paid as such….Academic positions in nursing are one small part of tertiary education’s parasitic growth, which started with Whitlam…Our economy and society have acquired a host of other parasitic structures quite apart from the tertiary education sector…And the parasites just keep latching on. In oil exploration in WA, an environmental management plan for an exploration well once cost around $5,000 for a typical desk-top study. Following the passage of a new act in 2012, environmental consultants have demanded that oil companies pay for a botanist and a zoologist to walk the route of any new road to a wellsite. Costs are up more than twentyfold.
Peter Coleman defends Gerard Henderson.
How we lived. Some old photos.
Around the town. IPA HEY. The Sydney Institute. Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Liberty on the Rocks, the notice board for the ATA: Quadrant on line, Mannkal Foundation, Centre for Independent Studies.
Interesting libertarian site.