Key independent MP Rob Oakeshott is disappointed the federal government is stripping about $1 billion from universities and making cuts to research.
The federal government’s mid-year economic and fiscal outlook trimmed about $1 billion from the higher education sector including almost $500 million from delaying funding increases for research.
Mr Oakeshott said the cuts were a huge concern.
‘We have got to reach a point some time soon that education is seen as an investment not a cost,’ he told ABC radio on Thursday.
‘I’m really disappointed with some of those cuts because they deny certainty to a sector that needs it.’