Written By: - Date published: 1:10 pm, June 8th, 2016 - 68 comments
Why are we spending so much money on “defense” when there are so many real and urgent needs? It is hard to imagine that our “enemies” could possibly do us more damage than we are inflicting on ourselves.
Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, June 3rd, 2016 - 35 comments
Written By: - Date published: 7:18 am, May 6th, 2016 - 30 comments
It’s a steady attrition, the death of a thousand cuts.
Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, April 15th, 2015 - 8 comments
Key’s attempts to drum up enthusiasm for this year’s upcoming budget have fallen absolutely flat. And as usual, promised funding actually represents an ongoing cut in real terms.
Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, May 19th, 2013 - 64 comments
No Right Turn on National’s science funding scam. Read it in conjunction with this piece in Stuff today on falling numbers of senior students following National’s axing of the postgrad student allowance. Welcome to the Brighter Future.
Written By: - Date published: 11:11 am, July 16th, 2010 - 37 comments
Some people still think of universities as fusty old ivory towers disconnected from the real world. That hasn’t been true for decades. Our current universities and tertiary institutions are business, they are structured and run to maximise their income in whatever funding framing the government of the day has in place. Predictably, the Nats latest proposed sausage machine funding model is a disaster.
Written By: - Date published: 7:57 pm, May 13th, 2010 - 36 comments
Peter Gluckman is easily one of New Zealand’s most over-rated, under-examined public figures. Although little more than a corporate frontman out to extract as many public dollars for private interests as he can lay his hands on, because he’s called ‘Sir’ and he’s all ‘sciencey’ a lot of the tripe he spews goes unchecked. Well, not this time. […]