Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Mmmmm … Uni vice-chancellor salaries ….

How fascinating is this. It seems the Uni Of Tas vice-chancellor Peter Rathjen’s salary – ( Rathjen is about to move to Adelaide HERE ) – is above that of Glynis Breakwell, the UK’s highest-paid vice-chancellor … which led former education minister Andrew Adonis to call for her resignation (because of the package).

Australian Vice-Chancellor Salary Packages

The select group of movers and shakers at the head of Australia’s education-industrial complex have tapped into a source of wealth far greater than what would have been available to them in the academic teaching backgrounds many of them have come from.

University of Sydney: Michael Spence $1,445,000

University of Tasmania: Peter Rathjen $878,000

Source: Julie Hare: ‘Uni vice-chancellors average salary package hits $890,000’ The Australian 5th August 2017.

Are They Worth It?


Background …

Calls for Bath University vice-chancellor to resign over further pay rise

Former education minister Andrew Adonis ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Adonis,_Baron_Adonis ) calls latest pay rise for Glynis Breakwell, the UK’s highest-paid vice-chancellor, a ‘disgrace’

The former education minister Andrew Adonis has called for the vice-chancellor of Bath University to step down after it was revealed that she received a further pay increase for the current academic year.

Glynis Breakwell was awarded a further increase of £17,500 in 2016-17 by Bath’s remuneration committee, while she was still a member of the committee, raising her total wages and benefits from £451,000 to more than £468,000. [ equiv to AU$818,393 ]

Breakwell is the highest-paid vice chancellor in the UK, and her wages and conditions have been the subject of controversy following a string of revelations, including the purchase of an expensive residence in the centre of Bath, and sparked resignations from the university’s court.


Related earlier Guardian story

Universities urged to end secrecy over vice-chancellors’ pay

Union leader says remuneration policies must be more transparent after fourth MP quits Bath University role over pay row



University asked to explain graduation ticket price increase ALEXANDRA HUMPHRIES, Mercury

STUDENTS have asked the University of Tasmania to explain a fourfold price increase for tickets to end-of-year graduation ceremonies.

Tickets in previous years have been priced at about $7, but this year an additional ticket will set students back $20, on top of two booking fees totalling $12.

The university provides two free tickets to each graduating student, but this has also been reduced from three in previous years.

Joe O’Malley yesterday asked the University to explain the price change in a social media post.

“Can someone please explain why for so many previous years graduation tickets have been roughly $7 and this year they’ve somehow made the leap to $28.50 a head?”

“Maybe we can get a business student to explain it to me or even better you?

“Considering the amount of money that a degree costs and the (Student Services and Amenities) fees we all pay I don’t think cheap graduation tickets are to much to ask. “Especially when you consider that you then have to fork out a hundred plus dollars for the outfit you get to wear for a full hour! Great way to capitalise on people’s achievements.”

Graduating students who hire a gown, hood and cap from the university also pay $120 to wear the items during the ceremony.

Nikita Lovell commented “Seriously?! My first graduation they were five dollars. Last year they were 7. Glad I’ve decided to not go this year if I manage it! Wouldn’t be able to afford it!”

Tia Barrett said “Wow oh well when I graduate next year I won’t be going as for myself, husband and children I’m not paying $180.”

The University did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

However, in a Facebook post it said the University had increased the number of seats reserved for guests to provide improved access for families and friends.

“In line with current practices for Australian universities, these tickets are sold to cover costs such as refreshments, ushering, and programs.”

The University said a livestream of proceedings was also available.


*The Hag is Tasmanian Times’ scurrilous gossip monger

Guardian: Bath University vice-chancellor quits after outcry over £468k pay

Guardian: Birmingham academics protest over university vice-chancellor’s pay Staff seek ‘reform of system which sees those at top allocate themselves huge salaries, while denying fair pay to those at bottom’

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  1. Robin Charles Halton

    December 9, 2017 at 1:53 am

    All of these University re modelling games both in Launceston and Hobert, are they necessary, some one has been kidding themselves to get at Federal money to make it all fancy, state of the art and world class to attract the Chinese growing middle class students who on the whole are the disciples of the global advancement of the Chinese Communist Party!

    Hey, on the ABC news tonight, PM Turnbull has blown the relationship with China, the aftermath of the most hated man in the nation, Labor’s Sammy Rat’s revelation that he is working for Chinese intelligence as a secretive good cause for Australia, ha ha!

    ASIO are to be sent after the Mandarins fleecing the nation under all sort of disguises, ongoing disputes with China over all sort of things especially trade and foreign ownership will esculate possibly out of control with the possibility of Chinese living in Australia being targeted as defenders of the Chinese nationalism.

    Mr Rathjen might be making a wise decision by leaving the State to avoid the heat as things could go badly for many Chinese students at Australian Universities.

    The Asian Century that former PMs’ Rudd and Gillard spruiked will be short lived as I always expected that it would not last, we were never mates and never will be!

    Mate, it was on the cards that it had to happen, better sooner than later, retrieving the Port of Darwin might now be a priority!

  2. John Hawkins

    November 30, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    #7 TGC … Trevor Cowell, Liberal letter writer from Perth, Tasmania

    I suggest that high earners on PAYG are already slugged.

    If Rathgen earns $880,000 to include the medicare levy then he pays a total of $467,832 in PAYG tax. This plus GST of 10 % on the majority of his purchases will see him paying your wise-spending Liberal whiz kids some half a million dollars a year in direct tax.

    As you live in Perth you will be aware of the world’s most expensive flyover as calculated by vehicle use which leads immediately to the bottleneck in your village caused by having only one bridge over the river.

    The existing airport roundabout was fine. I drove to Hobart and back yesterday and the number of log trucks moving plantation timber to the North at my cost – all with no names on the doors, was a revelation.

    Count them from your front door. It cannot possibly pay to drive for seven hours non-stop to deliver a load of rubbish worthless timber to the chipper.

    Another Liberal Rort wasting taxpayer money to fund the mates.

    $100 million later on Federal Cargo Cult money we still progress through downtown Perth at 40 kph and losing the few minutes saved by our wasted taxes on the airport overpass.

    I am sure Rathjen, a Rhodes scholar at the cutting edge of international stem cell research, enjoys giving the brain dead his hard earned cash to be spent on such totally useless projects.

    $300 million to move a University campus 4 miles down the road is another Liberal special to benefit the mates, but at least Rathjen had the consolation that he was in part funding it with half a million a year of his own money.

    Cowell, do you claim the aged pension?

    In case you ask … at 75 I do not qualify.

  3. TGC

    November 29, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    An incoming Labor Government will slug these high earners.

  4. Simon Warriner

    November 28, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    re #5 … your last para might be the head of the nail that needs hitting with a sledgehammer, Robin.

    The careerist sport of ladder climbing is easily recognisable and the good Vice Chancellor has exhibited most of the signature moves, his departure for greener pastures before his latest plans bear fruit being one of the more obvious and common. Local government is another good spotting ground.

    That he is being paid more than the heads of comparable institutions says something about those who approved his salary package. Perhaps we should be told who they might be, and what else they are responsible for.

  5. Robin Charles Halton

    November 28, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    The new Creative and Performing Arts Academy is a ridiculous investment at a time when we should be promoting, supporting and constructing the university’s STEM proposal to bring higher education into a sphere ideal to the realities of the world in which we face.

    Instead we seem to have placed adult playschool activities training in place of essential opportunities for graduates in engineering and science and technology.

    Further confusion exists over the siting of the C&PAA; opposite the RHH development which will continually struggle to ever produce a state of the art public hospital
    The adult kindergarten now under construction, the site across the road in Campbell St would have been a logical planning opportunity to extend a RHH annexe across in Campbell St.

    We can always ask the question of the influence of the Hobart City Council’s involvement to grab at any opportunity to bring the University into the city, given the CBD is somewhat cluttered lately with ugly buildings.

    I am surprised that the Sandy Bay Campus is not included in the redevelopments although I did hear recently there have been significant offers by an Asian group of billionaire to buy the majority of the site as a southern base for a modern and exclusive China Town housing and business enterprise.

    I think that Mr Rathjen is wanting to move on before the politics surrounding the future of the university could land him and the poor leadership of the State government in hot water.

  6. Robin Charles Halton

    November 28, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I would not offer too much praise towards Mr Rathjen, he is a political animal of the kind that cares for the other side, Asia is his pet, not the well being of little Tasmania.

    I dont want to be seen as Pauline sees our nation but she is right in a sense we are receding locally and offering countries like China’s future crowds of western educated students top placement right on our doorstep!

    In the end we will pay Communist China dearly as we treat ourselves like fools in the SE
    Asian region by kow towing to the unstoppable dragon.

    I am waiting for more student protests on our local Uni campus’s defending their political idelology, pity help me I will defending my home territory but at least they can expect a nasty mouthful of what I will offer in return!

    Honestly we are kidding ourselves sucking up to China, its only about a decade away but Australia is on a shaky course by the way we engage with China.

    At present, I am not as concerned about the other countries in the region.

  7. john hayward

    November 27, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    From my admittedly distant vantage on vaguely reported Tas Inc activities it appeared that Rathjen was a virtual clone of their values, particularly in regard to his commercial preoccupations.

    In the past, UTas often was timid in standing up to political pressures. Under Rathjen they appeared to switch sides.

    John Hayward

  8. John Hawkins

    November 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Hag … I think you and 99% of Tasmanians underestimate the powerhouse that is the University of Tasmania in this small backwater economy.

    With 20,404 female undergraduates and 13,300 male, the university turns over nearly $600 million and employs 5,891 people of which nearly half are full time.

    That is a business that takes a well paid and clever Vice Chancellor to control, promote and run, and so he should be paid accordingly.

    In order the top 10 countries for international onshore students are 1. China, 2. Malaysia, 3. Singapore …

    I suggest the VC is fettered by political negligence when dealing with the brain-dead State and Federal pollies, consequently with the result that he has quit this wonderful island.

    It is not a question of pay. This is obviously not sufficient when having to push against his political masters – those with absolutely no nous.

    Our pollies are into woodchips and the destruction of our once pristine environment costing us money with their lies and deceit.

    Intellectual pursuits? Naaaaaaah – they are completely out of their depth.

  9. Chris

    November 27, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Pea nuts, monkeys.

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