Greens MLC lauches Parliamentary attack on SCU spending

Greens MLC John Kaye.
Greens MLC John Kaye. Trevor Veale

GREENS MLC John Kaye has savaged the senior management of Southern Cross University in the NSW Upper House, claiming its "cavalier" approach to spending and staff welfare has driven the regional university to "crisis point".

The speech comes days after the National Tertiary Education Union called for an investigation by the NSW Auditor-General into the university's finances amid $6 million in planned budget cuts set to cost 50 jobs.

Dr Kaye's broadside on the university echoed much of the union's line of thinking.

In response to the speech, the university noted Dr Kaye was a long-standing member of the union.

"The comments made by Dr Kaye repeat false and misleading comments by the NTEU which Southern Cross University strenuously refutes," the statement said.

In his comments within the Parliament, Dr Kaye said SCU management had been "neither clever nor prudent" in dealing with challenges currently faced by the changing tertiary education sector "and the staff are now being forced to pay the price".

"The Auditor-General's 2014 report singled out SCU as having the weakest financial sustainability indicators in the State, with two years of negative operating margins," he said.

"Morale has reached an all-time low, job cuts threaten the viability of the university and questions now surround the competency and integrity of management."

Already 50 staff have lost their jobs and another 50 are now at risk."

Dr Kaye questioned the $50 million Gold Coast campus Building B, opened in 2013, and the university opting to move into engineering education, apparently subject to a volatile demand for places.

He claimed that senior management had refused to answer questions about "debt, project funding, staff engagement and, significantly, the Vice Chancellor's performance bonuses".

"The 2013 annual report shows that Vice Chancellor Professor Lee's package was worth more than $632,000 and that the university council deemed that he "met all performance objectives".

"However, there is no information on what these were."

Liberal MLC Catherine Cusack interrupted Dr Kaye's speech several times, claiming the allegations were a "baseless smear" without any evidence.

Topics:  john kaye southern cross university

Shark attacks: What's behind the steep rise?

Shark attacks on people have significantly increased i

North Coast woman scammed by 'military man'

A Lismore woman has fallen victim to an internet romance scam

The Living End are coming to Byron Bay

The Living End

The Living End are going on the road in 2017 for a regional tour

Local Partners

Britney Spears suffers wardrobe malfunction

Britney Spears suffered a wardrobe malfunction during performance

The Living End are coming to Byron Bay

The Living End

The Living End are going on the road in 2017 for a regional tour

'You Spin Me Round' hitmaker dies aged 57

Pete Burns

Pete Burns has died aged 57

November will be a big month for NORPA

ARTS: NORPA has added new shows to the Dreamland season from November 23 to December 10.

Peter Garrett, Dreamland and the 2017 Season Launch, among others

REVIEW: Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead disgusted me

I'm disgusted by The Walking Dead premiere.

SPOILERS: The Walking Dead premiere disgusted me.

Flick teases intense and entertaining Survivor grand final

Felicity 'Flick' Eggington in a scene from the TV series Australian Survivor.

GOLD Coaster's elimination leaves Lee, El and Kristie in final three

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.