The pilot program is expected to start within six weeks and will be scaled up by the end of the year to 500 students each fortnight.
As we discussed recently, in a normal year, Australia brings in about 650,000 students on the “pretend to study for a degree to get permanent residency” scheme.
So, at 250 students a fortnight, the university sector will be back to full capacity in about /checks calculator/ ten years. Five years if they got to the 500 a fortnight rate quickly. Assuming none of those students graduate in the meantime, obviously.
UPDATE: Yeah, my maths was shite today too. The point remains though, it’s lipstick on a pig.
Which is probably a fair assumption given they’re not really spending the money for the quality of the education, but the sticker in the passport.
I’m willing to bet there was recently a conversation along these lines:
University Chancellors: You’ve got to do something, we’re dying on our arses here. Where our bail out?
State Treasurer: Ok, if you foot the bill for the quarantine accommodation, you can bring in as manly as you want. Roughly how many would that be?
University Chancellors: (stares at shoes, awkwardly).
(By the way, apologies for the lack of verbosity here recently; I’ve been a little distracted. Normal service will be resumed now).