Legislation failure ‘disappoints’ CDU 


Charles Darwin University has expressed disappointment at the failure of the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities and Other Measures) Bill 2009 to pass through the Senate this week.

The Vice-Chancellor of CDU, Professor Barney Glover, said the University would have to continue to cross-subsidise its core teaching and research budgets to support student amenities and ancillary services.

“We will continue to work with student and sporting associations on campus and nationally to ensure that the University environment remains vibrant and supportive,” Professor Glover said.

“CDU students come from the widest range of backgrounds and without this support many would find tertiary education one challenge too many,” he said.

The legislation, had it passed, would have allowed a levy to fund a range of student-related activities such as sports services, health care, counselling and career advice, and child care facilities.