Articles by: Richard Hil

Author Biography:

Dr Richard Hil is Adjunct Professor in the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University and Convenor of the Ngara Institute. Richard is the author of numerous books, the latest being The Sacking of Fallujah: A People’s History (with Ross Caputi and Donna Mulhearn).

Informit: Against the Neoliberal University

University managers might be forgiven for thinking that the sector has become something of a political football. The Gillard government hacked into university funding to cross-subsidise other areas of government, while the Abbott administration was intent on fee deregulation partly as a means of plugging the revenue hole. Despite such differences, both major political parties agree that universities are vital to the nation's economic interests and that, as a leading export industry, the sector has…

Informit: Bootcamps for Queensland

I have before me a rather depressing document compiled by the Youth Affairs Network Queensland, the state's peak youth organisation which, after twenty-one years of service, has had its state government funding cut. The document, 'Cumulative List of Funding and Staffing Cuts to Services, Staff, Funding and Programs by Campbell Newman's LNP Government 2012', tells of swingeing cuts to various health, welfare, criminal justice and other sectors in Queensland. A cursory overview of what is…

Informit: Academic business

Recently an academic friend made the interesting observation that she could detect little difference in the contents of The Australian's Higher Education, Campus Review and the business pages of most of our daily newspapers. Intrigued by what sounded like a sweeping assertion, I asked what she meant, to which she responded: 'pick up any copy of Wednesday's Australian or glance at the routine concerns of Campus Review and you'll find article after article focused on…