Who should go to university: Only the select or all who want to?

The introduction of demand driven student funding challenges the deeply held instinct of many that university should be for the brightest. Protectionists argue that tertiary education standards would fall, universities wouldn't cope with the wide level of capability and interest and that an over-educated workforce will not serve the economy.  This talk will consider the logic for, and implications of, universities being part of the general education system which all Australians access.