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Southern Cross Uni ends Liverpool Football Club Academy partnership due to Covid19 downturn

It has been announced that the Southern Cross University/Liverpool Football Club Academy will close immediately resulting in the loss of four staff.

The SCU Vice Chancellor announced this in an email to all University staff yesterday

‘The program, which includes the Liverpool Academy, has seen 1500 Northern Rivers players and 150 coaches participate over the last five years.

Junior members of the SCU-LFC Academy get a half-time pep talk last year.

In a public statement issued by SCU, Vice President (Operations) Allan Morris said it was a difficult decision to make. “A review of University operations has highlighted that in the current climate it is unsustainable for us to continue to underwrite its activities. So many of us across the region are feeling the effects of this downturn and Southern Cross is not immune. We, too, have to make changes.”

Junior teams and competitions scheduled for the centre in 2020 are also cancelled and the future use of the centre will be considered in coming months.

“Dealing with Liverpool Football Club over the last five years has been a tremendous experience and we have been honoured to be their Australian partner ,” Mr Morris said.’

(The part of the story not in bold italics above is from The ABC Coffs Coast Facebook site)


  1. Gough Whitlam tried to give all Australians access to free education. Malcolm Fraser did his best to ensure that only the rich retained the best access to education, especially at the tertiary level. He either didn’t understand, or, more likely, didn’t care that education is the poor person’s way of escaping poverty, but it was Bob Hawke who introduced the HECS scheme which killed any hope of a return to the concept and practice of equal educational opportunity for all.

    Hawke should have been one to further Australian Democrat, Don Chipp’s ambition to “keep the bastards honest”, but instead he became one of the bastards. His refusal to pursue free education for all was probably his least edifying political moment.

    Governments’ attitudes to education, and tertiary education especially, have always intrigued me. They have invariably seen education as a cost, not as an asset, and have striven to reduce education expenditure whenever possible. Conservative governments have always seen a university education as a right for the privileged, as a means of preserving the class system, of ensuring that the rich retain the power. Until this day, the “old boys’ network” operates at full tilt, in order to ensure that our commercial and political fields are controlled by the chosen, privileged few.

    Over recent decades, our colleges of TAFE have been starved of funding, and downgraded as educational institutions, whilst our universities have been turned into commercial enterprises. It seems that, under the pretext of giving universities “autonomy”, governments have demanded that uni’s become income generating and almost self-sustaining financially, hence the great reliance on the income provided by overseas students.

    The perils of this approach are now grossly apparent, with China holding the Australian government to ransom, and using the uni’s as a stick to beat it with. Add to this, the peculiar exclusion of university staff, by Scummo’s government, from the pandemic “safety net”, and we have a truly bizarre situation. It seems as though, through this apparently ” free-market” approach to the future of our vital educational institutions, the government is happy to witness the decline and fall of these institutions.

    This is essentially piss poor management, of universities and of the future economy.

    Successive governments’ reliance on China has seen most of our economic eggs placed in one basket, a perhaps fatal mistake, especially for tertiary education. In a nation rich enough to afford to educate all of the people to their highest possible level of attainment, at no cost to the students, it is disgraceful that there are still capable people who are forced, by their economic circumstance, to weigh the cost of an education against the benefits which might be derived from it.

  2. 40cmPedestalFan

    Beautifully expressed, Julian, and so well in fact that it’s disturbing. You’ve nailed the point concerning the Liberal ideology of being born to rule.

    It hurts that such a magnificent future for not only a child born into disadvantage but an entire nation, and therefore the world, is no longer recognised by providing the civilised, accessible ability to educate.

    Coffs Harbour came of age when the Southern Cross University grew in our midst. It hurts also that now it’s in trouble.

    Bulldozing the sensitive, complex, vital body that is a university into the cold, grim, machination of the market is one of latter humankind’s most wretched failures.

    • Thanks, PedestalFan. The subject is close to my heart. There are many faults with the school system in this country, but it still provides the best avenue through which the socially disadvantaged may attain a semblance of equality.

  3. John Cleese

    As someone said the best legacy you can give your children is a good education.It is one of the few things that cant be taken away.Unfortunately it has been a sort of experiment for various governments.If you listen to people like Barry Humphries, Germaine Greer and Clive James , they lauded the Menzies govt for the free education they received.
    Not many are aware that scholarships were awarded by the Menzies govt (YES liberal) for free education in university ,way before Whitlam. Humphries has spoken how he was indebted to the Menzies govt for his free education.
    I am not defending Labor or Liberal it is a political football. They have destroyed TAFE,which could have been enhanced immensely. Now after being decimated by progressive Govts,Scomo wants to resurrect it, probably because of his affiliation with his shire mate, Scott Cam.
    Then we have foreign students, why are universities so focused on foreign students? The money of course.
    We have lost our whole direction in education, our number one priority should be educating our children to actual real jobs and productivity. We need a massive overhaul of our education system, study some other countries approach to education, like maybe Germany and Finland.
    Maybe we could learn something or we could re invent the wheel again and have a another inquiry into education, like the disastrous Naplan experiment with no outcome, but it employed many public servants

  4. I completed the last two years of high school, and then two years of tertiary study, courtesy of pre-Whitlam scholarships, without which I would undoubtedly have experienced a very different life. This partly explains my belief in the value of free education for all, since those scholarships, which I won, were not available to everyone.

    The Naplan farce is an excellent example of the need for educational reform, John Cleese. There is so much untapped human potential presently languishing in our schools. The miracle of it all, is that we can produce so many brilliant people from such a flawed system

  5. John Cleese

    I actually went to university in the early 80s, I was the Kramer at uni and did little as possible, and it was almost free .I dare not tell my children,they are paying HECS fees now .As the famous song goes “That you dont know what you have got , till its gone “I never appreciated free education .I do now, but I also think we need critical assessment of all education .I am not sure if our government has the answers ,neither do I ,its a mad ,mad world.Our children are in for a tough time ,there is so much competition internationally, our era never faced this .But they seem so much more capable.I hope our education system can adapt

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