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He suggested drawing from other countries and even setting aside revenue for a day when Chinese students stopped flooding Australian campuses, because of university growth within China, or a Chinese blockade caused by rising tensions. (He also called for more government support.)

“What lies ahead looks more complicated at best and gloomy at worst,” he said.

→ What I found interesting: Mr. Varghese appears to be a bold outlier in the Australian university world. In China this week, a group of vice chancellors from Australia’s eight largest universities told Chinese officials that there was no reason to worry or slow enrollments.

Their message: Keep the money (and students) coming.

• The Reef as Resource

It’s not every day that the United Nations scientific panel on climate change comes out and declares that the only way to avoid catastrophe is by transforming the world economy within just a few years.

It’s also not every day that the Australian government rushes to dismiss such findings, doubling down on coal and rejecting calls for the world to shift away from it by 2050, despite dire warnings for the Great Barrier Reef and other ocean ecosystems.

→ What I found interesting: The government’s stance notwithstanding, the United Nations report stirred a lot of discussion about the tough choices climate change will require. And though it’s a global issue, climate and the power of the coal industry is increasingly becoming local: Malcolm Turnbull’s son, Alex, and a famend coral reef scientist, Terry Hughes, are each campaigning on the difficulty within the Wentworth by-election.

After all, it’s not clear that any of those responses will change Australian politics anytime quickly. The Opera Home nonetheless confirmed its Everest advert; universities are persevering with with the established order; Australia isn’t any nearer to making a coherent local weather coverage.


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