Andrew Norton

Andrew specialises in Higher Education and is the author of The Unchained University (CIS, 2002), which sets out the case for a more market-driven higher education system. Andrew has also written widely on classical liberalism and on liberal and conservative political movements in Australia.

He has also written extensively on public opinion, including attitudes to taxation, industrial relations, protection, race, and climate change. He is a regular contributor to newspapers and has written numerous CIS Issue Analysis papers.

Andrew worked at the CIS between the years of 1994 – 2011 with a break in the late 1990s, when he was Higher Education Adviser to Dr David Kemp, Federal Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs.

Andrew also has a personal website http://andrewnorton.info Please note that the views expressed on his website are not necessarily endorsed by the CIS.


Featured Publication

  • Democracy and Money: The Dangers of Campaign Finance Reform 02 June 2011 | PM119
    Campaign finance reform is presented as improving Australian democracy and government by limiting ‘undue influence’. Yet the practical effect of banning, capping or disclosing political donations is to limit any influence. In a liberal democracy, governments should not select or…...
    Campaign finance reform is presented as improving Australian democracy and government by limiting ‘undue influence’. Yet the practical effect of banning, capping or disclosing political donations is to limit any influence. In a liberal democracy, governments should not select or…
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Media & Commentary

Publications

  • Diminishing Democracy: The Threat Posed by Political Expenditure Laws 31 July 2009 | IA114
    Electoral law reforms nearing a Senate vote risk making political activists inadvertent lawbreakers, deterring financial supporters of Australia’s civil society, and creating unnecessary bureaucratic burdens. These provisions are included in the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2009, which has already passed through the House of Representatives.…...
    Electoral law reforms nearing a Senate vote risk making political activists inadvertent lawbreakers, deterring financial supporters of Australia’s civil society, and creating unnecessary bureaucratic burdens. These provisions are included in the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2009, which has already passed through the House of Representatives.…
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  • Fixing Prices: Why Vouchers Won't Work While Governments Set Fees 11 February 2009 | IA105
    In December 2008, the federal government received the Review of Australian Higher Education: Final Report, prepared by a policy review committee chaired by former Vice-Chancellor Denise Bradley. The education minister, Julia Gillard, has indicated that she will give her response to it in early March 2009. One of the Bradley…...
    In December 2008, the federal government received the Review of Australian Higher Education: Final Report, prepared by a policy review committee chaired by former Vice-Chancellor Denise Bradley. The education minister, Julia Gillard, has indicated that she will give her response to it in early March 2009. One of the Bradley…
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  • Mismatch: Australia’s Graduates and the Job Market 23 March 2007 | IA84
    Politicians and academics argue that we need more people graduating from university to meet strong labour market demand for the managerial and professional jobs to which graduates usually aspire. In a number of occupations, including many health-related professions, there are chronic shortages of workers, in part reflecting too few graduates.…...
    Politicians and academics argue that we need more people graduating from university to meet strong labour market demand for the managerial and professional jobs to which graduates usually aspire. In a number of occupations, including many health-related professions, there are chronic shortages of workers, in part reflecting too few graduates.…
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  • HELPless: How the FEE-HELP Loans System Lets Students Down and How to Fix it 27 February 2006 | IA68
    Australia pioneered repaying student loans through the tax system, the HECS scheme. In 2005, HECS was replaced by three new loans schemes called HELP (Higher Education Loan Programme): HECS-HELP for students receiving federal government tuition subsidies, FEE-HELP for full-fee students, and OS-HELP for study overseas. FEE-HELP has the potential to…...
    Australia pioneered repaying student loans through the tax system, the HECS scheme. In 2005, HECS was replaced by three new loans schemes called HELP (Higher Education Loan Programme): HECS-HELP for students receiving federal government tuition subsidies, FEE-HELP for full-fee students, and OS-HELP for study overseas. FEE-HELP has the potential to…
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  • Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Dr Nelson Mixes Price Flexibility and Rigid Quotas 18 June 2003 | IA37
    Commonwealth Education Minister Brendan Nelson’s higher education reform package is a radical evolution in policy, preserving and even tightening many elements of the old centrally controlled system, but also creating new price signals and giving students enrolled at private higher education institutions access to a loans scheme. Under Dr Nelson’s…...
    Commonwealth Education Minister Brendan Nelson’s higher education reform package is a radical evolution in policy, preserving and even tightening many elements of the old centrally controlled system, but also creating new price signals and giving students enrolled at private higher education institutions access to a loans scheme. Under Dr Nelson’s…
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  • Michael in a Muddle: Michael Pusey’s Bungled Attack on Economic Reform 09 May 2003 | IA34
    In his new book, The Experience of Middle Australia: The Dark Side of Economic Reform, Michael Pusey argues that the economic reforms carried out since the early 1980s have had significant detrimental effects on Australian society. Major newspapers have reported his argument, but there has been little discussion of numerous…...
    In his new book, The Experience of Middle Australia: The Dark Side of Economic Reform, Michael Pusey argues that the economic reforms carried out since the early 1980s have had significant detrimental effects on Australian society. Major newspapers have reported his argument, but there has been little discussion of numerous…
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  • Student Debt: A HECS on Fertility? 02 April 2003 | IA32
    Opponents of university fees are tapping into concern about declining fertility levels by arguing that there may be a link between student debt and fewer births. As the young women who started university in the late 1980s when HECS was introduced are still in their childbearing years it is impossible…...
    Opponents of university fees are tapping into concern about declining fertility levels by arguing that there may be a link between student debt and fewer births. As the young women who started university in the late 1980s when HECS was introduced are still in their childbearing years it is impossible…
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  • The Unchained University 19 November 2002 | PM56
    Australia’s universities are not preparing students adequately for their futures.  Report author and higher education expert Andrew Norton argues that universities are failing students in several ways. They offer too few places to meet demand, there are insufficient incentives for universities to ensure a good match between courses and students,…...
    Australia’s universities are not preparing students adequately for their futures.  Report author and higher education expert Andrew Norton argues that universities are failing students in several ways. They offer too few places to meet demand, there are insufficient incentives for universities to ensure a good match between courses and students,…
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  • Degrees of Difficulty: The Labour Market Problems of Arts and Social Science Graduates 19 July 2000 | IA12
    That the Australian higher education system is comprehensively rigged against students is evident from the current oversupply of graduates in the humanities and social sciences and its impact on their employment prospects. Since the 1970s, graduates in the humanities and social science fields have been doing poorly in the labour market.…...
    That the Australian higher education system is comprehensively rigged against students is evident from the current oversupply of graduates in the humanities and social sciences and its impact on their employment prospects. Since the 1970s, graduates in the humanities and social science fields have been doing poorly in the labour market.…
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  • Social Capital Stories: How 12 Australian Households Live their Lives 05 April 1999 | PM42
    Social capital – the network of informal social connections that helps to hold communities together – is often reported to be in decline. But is it?        
    Social capital – the network of informal social connections that helps to hold communities together – is often reported to be in decline. But is it?        
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