The Turnbull government plans to slash funding to universities as well as to raise student fees. This news has spread like wildfire throughout the Australian Chinese community resulting in many negative responses.
Sensationalist Wechat social news stories already popped up days before with speculative fee rises.
Respondents originally were skeptical that the Turnbull government would go through with such cuts.
Other replies were far more extreme, with many students considering other overseas education options already.
I asked Chinese international students around me if they think it’ll affect them.
There will likely be more negative press in regards to fee rises within the overseas Chinese social media circle. Sydney Today and Melbourne Today, the two biggest Chinese social media publications are still discussing foreign investment choices and have yet to comment on this matter.