A series of articles in The Conversation highlight the perception across Australia's university sector, that they have been abandoned by the federal government, and ignored in the 2021-22 budget.
This article by Frank Larkins and Ian Marshman argues "For greater financial certainty, universities must look to state-based plans for purpose-built quarantine facilities to enable at least some international students to return in 2021-22. The budget contained none of the funding requested for such facilities." Professor Andrew Norton argues in this piece that "University research is facing a crisis with no real precedent. Australia’s research boom was fuelled by the profits on international students that are now disappearing." And John Shine of the Garvan Institute argues here on a lack of 'basic science' funding in the budget, that "If universities are being asked to pivot away from over-reliance on international student income, and towards research commercialisation, there must be a basic science pool to help fuel this translation of research findings into commercial outcomes."