Don’t go, Beijing warns students

Original article by Richard Ferguson, Tim Dodd
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 10-Jun-20

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan has rejected the Chinese government’s claim that Australia is not a safe destination for international students. China’s Ministry of Education has advised the nation’s students against studying in Australia, claiming that people of Asian appearance have been targeted in ‘discriminatory attacks’ during the coronavirus pandemic. Shadow education minister Tanya Plibersek has supported Tehan’s comments, stating that Australia is one of the safest countries for international students. Beijing also recently advised Chinese tourists against visiting Australia due to allegations of racist attacks.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING, CHINA. MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Top unis face $1.2bn virus hit

Original article by Tim Dodd, Adam Creighton, Jill Rowbotham
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 19-Feb-20

The value of Australia’s education exports to China topped $12bn in 2019; analysis by the Centre for Independent Studies suggests that this could fall by up to 40 per cent in 2020, even if the coronavirus outbreak has been contained by June. Meanwhile, 10 of Australia’s top universities – including the so-called Group of Eight – could lose up to $1.2bn worth of fees from Chinese students who have been affected by the federal government’s travel ban. It has prevented about 65,000 students from arriving in Australia for the start of the academic year.

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THE CENTRE FOR INDEPENDENT STUDIES LIMITED, THE GROUP OF EIGHT LIMITED

Australia prepares to extend China travel ban due to coronavirus

Original article by Eryk Bagshaw
The Age – Page: Online : 11-Feb-20

The federal government’s 14-day travel ban on non-citizens entering Australia from the Chinese mainland will expire on 15 February, and sources have indicated that it is likely to be extended. The move will prevent about 56 per cent of the Chinese students at Australian universities from arriving in time for the start of the academic year. Meanwhile, more than 100 Australian citizens and permanent residents are still in Hubei province, but the government has no plans for a third evacuation flight.

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Campuses may lose $2bn in fees

Original article by Tim Dodd, Heidi Han
The Australian – Page: 7 : 7-Feb-20

The federal government’s travel ban has prevented nearly 100,000 Chinese university students from arriving in Australia for the start of the academic year. S&P Global says the universities’ operating margins will be hit if the travel restrictions are not lifted in the next few weeks. The firm estimates that the travel ban could cost universities up to $2bn in fees, and notes that the broader economy will also be impacted. Some universities will offer online courses for the first several weeks of the semester.

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S&P GLOBAL INCORPORATED

Chinese uni students face embassy threats

Original article by Michael Owen
The Australian – Page: 8 : 13-Sep-18

Hugh Sutton from the Adelaide University Liberal Club says there was a lot of intimidating behaviour involving students from China at recent student elections. Chinese students that were campaigning for the Progress Party and who were displaying a banner stating "Jobs not Socialism" say they received a message on WeChat saying that they would be reported to the Chinese Embassy in Canberra. It is alleged the threats were made by other Chinese students campaigning for the International Voice party. Sutton says the Chinese Student Association had "splintered" over the last year, with some members joining International Voice, while others joined the Progress Party.

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ADELAIDE UNIVERSITY LIBERAL CLUB, UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

Exploited worker told ‘keep quiet or else’ about underpayment

Original article by Ewin Hannan
The Australian – Page: 7 : 23-Oct-17

The Federal Circuit Court has ordered Haim and Rina Diamond to pay more than $A70,000 after breaching workplace laws. They were found to have underpaid employees – who were primarily foreign students or visitors on working holiday visas – more than $A34,000 over a six-month period. The couple were also accused of providing false and misleading records to Fair Work inspectors and threatening to report an employee to immigration officials for breaching the conditions of her student visa if she did not withdraw a complaint about her wages.

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FEDERAL CIRCUIT COURT OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. FAIR WORK OMBUDSMAN, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION

PM to push security ties with India

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 11-Apr-17

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull does not expect a free trade deal between Australia and India to be signed any time soon. Turnbull, who is visiting India, noted that there are issues on both sides of the free trade discussion that will need to be overcome before progress towards an agreement can be made. Turnbull and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have agreed on the need for stronger security ties between the two countries, while Turnbull is keen to promote Australia as the premier destination for Indian students wanting to study overseas.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, INDIA. PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING, ADANI ENTERPRISES LIMITED, SKY NEWS, UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, REGIONAL COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP, TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP, AUSTRALIAN NEWS CHANNEL PTY LTD

International student numbers soaring again

Original article by John Ross
The Australian – Page: 21 : 22-Sep-16

International students are again showing strong interest in Australian education, with enrolments rising 11 per cent in the first seven months of 2016. Vocational education and English language courses are particularly popular. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham expects even stronger growth to be stimulated by the National Strategy for International Education.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING, VOCATION LIMITED – ASX VET, AUSTRALIAN CAREERS NETWORK LIMITED – ASX ACO, ASHLEY SERVICES GROUP LIMITED – ASX ASH, UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA

Visa amnesty needed for all victims

Original article by Stephen Clibborn
The Age – Page: 44 : 9-Sep-15

The Australian Government is said to be considering providing an amnesty to foreign students who have been allegedly cheated out of wages by 7-Eleven. While the Government should grant an amnesty to international students, it also needs to take action on the exploitation of all foreign workers by dodgy employers. Data from the Fair Work Ombudsman shows that migrant workers on temporary visas are also being underpaid by employers in many sectors of the economy. Any amnesty should apply to all of these employees.

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7-ELEVEN STORES PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. FAIR WORK OMBUDSMAN, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY

Foreign students to bring in $30b

Original article by Alan Olsen
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 35 : 6-Oct-14

Australia’s education export industry was worth $A16.4bn in 2010, compared with just $A7.9bn in 2004. This fell to $A14.6bn in fiscal 2013, but there has since been a rebound in international student enrolments as the Australian dollar weakened. It is estimated that if the number of foreign students continues to grow by about five per cent annually in coming years, the nation’s education export market could be worth $A30.8bn by 2020

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AUSTRADE, ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT