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Australian universities face deep cuts

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University leaders across across  have condemned the funding changes. La Trobe University vice-chancellor John Dewar warned that the cuts could weaken the sector, which is Victoria´s major export industry.

The federal funding changes mean the university sector will lose $2.8 billion in total. Students previously eligible for Student Start-up Scholarships will have to repay the money once their income reaches a threshold.

In total, Victorian universities will lose almost $200 million over two years, according to the state government.

The estimates show Melbourne University stands to lose about $52 million. Vice-chancellor Glyn Davis said universities would generally look first at administrative savings.

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