Turnbull advances partial university fee deregulation

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made his strongest comments yet on the Coalition's university fee deregulation policy, mounting the argument for allowing universities to set the fees for a select few courses to bring about flexibility and competition, writes Fergus Hunter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Turnbull's statement on the policy, first revealed as one proposal in an options paper in the May budget, comes days after Treasurer Scott Morrison said that fee deregulation would not happen under a re-elected Coalition government.

"We are not going to deregulate fees entirely," the prime minister said during the leaders' debate. "The [Education] Minister, Simon Birmingham, has announced that what we will seek to do is to offer the universities the ability to deregulate fees, if you like, for a small number of flagship courses so that they can compete, so that you do get more competition between universities."
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