Nationals seek more help for regional universities

Nationals MPs are quietly lobbying Education Minister Christopher Pyne in a bid to ensure that regional universities get a fair deal under his higher education reforms, writes Katina Curtis for Australia Associated Press.

The move comes as billionaire MP Clive Palmer wrote to the minister outlining the Palmer United Party's opposition to his plans. Labor has accused rural and regional government MPs of selling out their electorates by passing the universities legislation through the lower house. But several of them are working behind the scenes to try and get a better deal.

"Policy and reforms are determined in the corridors, not so much in the chamber," Nationals MP Andrew Broad told AAP. If the status quo remained, "eventually we bleed the regionals to death".
Full report on The West Australian site