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Tribunal refuses to release Abbott government’s university fee modelling

Administrative Appeals Tribunal rules on freedom of information dispute, agreeing calculations could undermine competition in a deregulated market

The advice the Abbott government relied on to pursue its ill-fated policy of university fee deregulation will remain under wraps.

A tribunal has refused to release calculations of the potential impact on student fees, finding the modelling was “speculative” and “not the sort of information upon which someone could sensibly make a ‘major life decision’”.

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