Casinovirus: addicted unis comp Chinese students

IN Vegas, ‘whales’ gamble so much the house lays on all sorts of complimentary goodies to reel them in: flights, rooms, food, booze, the works. This is standard practice the world over. Core earners for casinos – which is to say, losers – whales are VIPs. Melbourne University – no sawdust joint – likes the idea:


One of Australia’s most prestigious universities is offering cash grants of $7,500 to help Chinese students get around the coronavirus travel ban and resume their studies.

The University of Melbourne is offering the grant to cover eligible expenses including accommodation, airfares and quarantine costs …

The offer comes after the University of Western Sydney and Adelaide University offered students smaller amounts of $1,500 and $5,000 respectively.

The grants could enable students to return to Australia by serving a two-week quarantine period in a third country after leaving China.

 
More at the link, including reaction from the scheme’s most trenchant and well informed critic – Associate Professor Salvatore Babones from the Centre for Independent Studies. Babones, whose warning about the overexposure of Australian universities to Chinese enrolments was reported last year, regards the cash-for-quarantine plan as dangerous for the students and “morally indefensible.”

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24 Responses to Casinovirus: addicted unis comp Chinese students

  1. notafan

    Both extraordinary and dangerous.

  2. Entropy

    Imagine what would happen to an ordinary person who the authorities found promoting a work around to quarantine.

    Anyway, scuttlebutt I am hearing is that many of the degree selling operations formerly known as institutions of higher learning are staring into the abyss, and the poor educators salesmen are being told that they can’t go on any overseas junket conferences etc. and will also have to make other so far unspecified sacrifices. They think it all terribly unfair.

  3. …by serving a two-week quarantine period in a third country…

    And this won’t be rorted, potentially with significant risks to Australia?

  4. Fisky

    “Libertarians” have been oddly silent since the CnV outbreak. What do they have to say about all this? Keep the borders open? Good that our pharmaceuticals are mostly sourced in China? Move even more factories over?

    We must know the “libertarian” position at once! Even the weird Randroid Iampeter is silent!

  5. shatterzzz

    Surely now would be a good time for the Feds to look at curtailing tax payer funding to universities that seem to have enough cash in the bank to cover bribes.
    If university standards have been compromised to the point that Chinese money is more a necessity than education levels then it’s time for a complete overhaul and, if necessary, gummint imposed, regulation .. if they (universities) want tax payer funds then time for some accountability!

  6. H B Bear

    Australia is now the poor white trash of Asia – just as Mahatir predicted.

  7. Megan

    Should I contract this virus as a result of a UniMelb student encounter, then my family will have strict instructions to sue the socks off the bloody geniuses who think this is a way around the quarantine. Dumb, dumber, dumbest!

  8. vr

    Anyway, scuttlebutt I am hearing is that many of the degree selling operations formerly known as institutions of higher learning are staring into the abyss, and the poor educators salesmen are being told that they can’t go on any overseas junket conferences etc. and will also have to make other so far unspecified sacrifices. They think it all terribly unfair.

    I can confirm this. Also, includes hiring, equipment purchases etc.

    Though not every university is imposing these conditions.

  9. Frank

    …the degree selling operations formerly known as institutions of higher learning…

    It is sad isn’t it. What happens when the Chinese realise that the pieces of paper they are buying are worthless. Other than those students embarking upon an elaborate immigration scam universities will be in trouble.

  10. Tel

    “Libertarians” have been oddly silent since the CnV outbreak. What do they have to say about all this? Keep the borders open? Good that our pharmaceuticals are mostly sourced in China? Move even more factories over?

    You are just oddly too dopey to do a simple search where the issue has been gone over and over for years.

    The answer is private property and freedom of association, which by logical necessity also implies the rights for groups of property owners to either invite people onto their land or kick people off their land as they see fit and depending on the circumstances.

    https://mises.org/wire/how-would-president-rothbard-keep-out-zika-virus

    Whether you want to call that “borders” or simply “land ownership” is largely irrelevant to the effectiveness of the concept. It is nation states that assigned themselves the monopoly power to control who comes and goes and they override your normal voluntary freedom of association by forcing shopkeepers to serve everyone at specific times of day, preventing clubs from being selective about their membership and by forcing people onto government designed transport systems.

  11. Snoopy

    Wouldn’t the Chinese students be more a appreciative of a guaranteed minimum H2/B pass grade in all subjects? And it would cost nothing.

  12. Tel

    Wouldn’t the Chinese students be more a appreciative of a guaranteed minimum H2/B pass grade in all subjects? And it would cost nothing.

    If we offered Australian citizenship up for auction (like the LDP suggested) then no more need for the pretense of educating anyone and we could save a buck on the overpriced university staff. If we are going to run a racket, might as well be a streamlined and efficient racket.

  13. OldOzzie

    H B Bear
    #3336747, posted on February 27, 2020 at 3:55 pm
    Australia is now the poor white trash of Asia – just as Mahatir predicted.

    H B Bear

    it was

    Singapore founding PM Lee Kuan Yew once warned Australia could be ‘white trash’ of Asia

    A leader well known for his bluntness, Singapore’s founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew issued a warning in 1980 that Australia was in danger of becoming the “white trash” of Asia.

    He made the comments when Australia was experiencing inflationary pressures and high unemployment, and the country took notice.

    “That was way back in the early ’80s, when it looked as though … we were unable to grasp the nettle of financial reform,” Emeritus Professor James Cotton from the University of New South Wales told PM.

    “We had a fixed exchange rate in those days and there were all kinds of rigidities in the market.”

    Australia’s then-prime minister Bob Hawke said in 1987 that Mr Lee’s comments were “not an overstatement”.

    He went on to sign the historic accord between Labor and the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) to ensure moderate wage rises in exchange for restrained price increases.

    Professor Cotton said Mr Lee was pointing at a possible future state for Australia.

    “Well, of course, the Hawke-Keating reforms created in Australia a platform for quite a different kind of economic performance, but he could see that problem,” he said.

  14. mh

    We must know the “libertarian” position at once! Even the weird Randroid Iampeter is silent!

    No! Iampeter is with us! He wants to restrict the travel of those bat botherers!

    Right wing means supporting a rights-protecting government.
    That means a government that may close roads and search property for the duration of a dangerous man-hunt, or restrict travel during a dangerous virus outbreak, etc.

  15. Crossie

    Anyway, scuttlebutt I am hearing is that many of the degree selling operations formerly known as institutions of higher learning are staring into the abyss, and the poor educators salesmen are being told that they can’t go on any overseas junket conferences etc. and will also have to make other so far unspecified sacrifices. They think it all terribly unfair.

    It’s not as dire at my university just yet but they have been getting rid of the most senior academics and replacing them with casual and cheaper junior staff. And to be fair the orientation week has been marginally quieter but not as much as was feared.

  16. Crossie

    Universities are quick to virtue signal and show off how they are such wonderful global citizens yet they pull off stunts like this. Why is it OK to encourage Chinese students to travel via several countries before finally coming to Australia when the quarantine period has passed? Is it OK to infect citizens in the transit countries?

  17. Squirrel

    The tertiary sector seems to have become yet another victim of the epic ponzi scheme which answers to the name of Big Australia – take off the table the prospect of an immigration outcome, and the opportunity to park/launder money in real estate in a rule of law country, and it would take a lot more than a $7500 lure to maintain the numbers.

  18. Dr Faustus

    Students from China begin arriving in Australia after coronavirus quarantine time in third countries

    The Government has made the safety of Australians its priority and our actions have been guided by the expert medical advice,” Education Minister Dan Tehan said in a statement.

    If safety for Australians was really some sort of priority, the Government would be looking at something slightly more rigorous that 14 days unsupervised ‘self-quarantine’ and an ‘honesty questionairre’ as an entry pre-requisite. Compulsory virus testing, perhaps.

    Tegan is sandbagging with “the expert medical advice” for when the inevitable Coronavirus hotspots begin to appear at Australian universities and schools.

  19. mh

    If safety for Australians was really some sort of priority, the Government would be looking at something slightly more rigorous that 14 days unsupervised ‘self-quarantine’ and an ‘honesty questionairre’ as an entry pre-requisite.

    Indeed.

    Where’s my rights-protecting government?! 😡

  20. mem

    Just wait until our esteemed institutions of higher learning become the core hot spots for the Corona virus. Then the knuckleheads that manage these places will really have to earn their over inflated salaries. But only for a very short time until the university is closed down to everyone. And then a little later people will start suing because the university induced contagious students to enter the country resulting in the infection and death of many people including the cleaner and security guard. Oh and the Vice Chancellor.

  21. Crossie

    And then a little later people will start suing because the university induced contagious students to enter the country resulting in the infection and death of many people including the cleaner and security guard. Oh and the Vice Chancellor.

    No, not the vice chancellor. He will not come out to mingle with the student population, he and his management team will work from home.

  22. LBLoveday

    Reports today in the media A top Australian doctor has claimed ‘everyone’ will contract coronavirus
    .
    If everyone is going to get the virus, best get it when you are in rude heath and your immune system in at its peak, and thus minimise the effects and maximise the chances of not dying.
    .
    During the equine flu of 2007, a Randwick racehorse trainer took saliva from an infected horse and wiped the nostrils of all the other horses in his stable so they would get it over and done with all at once.

  23. Helen

    …by serving a two-week quarantine period in a third country…

    What third country doesn’t have it already?

  24. Helen

    I rad this morning a heartbreaking comment that the UK are saying that they wont be able to save everyone so will have to make the ‘God’ decision like in the wars. Save those most likely to live, let the ones who would take too much time/investment die.

    Old people will be left to die.

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