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Incoming education minister yet to show his hand

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Australian universities await new minister’s direction after outgoing minister vetoes research grants

Alan Tudge, who was appointed federal education and youth minister on 18 December, is yet to make any official announcements about the future of Australian education or give any major interviews on the portfolio.

Tudge (pictured) was appointed in a pre-Christmas reshuffle that saw former minister Dan Tehan move to trade, a portfolio that encompasses the import earnings of foreign student fees. Tudge inherits a portfolio still in transition from Tehan’s reforms, particularly around university research funding. A changed fee structure under Tehan’s Job-Ready Graduates programme begins this year.

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