Garner the actor was an assured, assiduously unpretentious performer who worked artful variations on a few essential themes of the rogue: that good looks did not equal genius, but helped a lot if you were a con man; that given a choice, one should take the money and run. The neat paradox of Garner’s career is that he worked hard and honestly to communicate those notions.
During the question-and-answer session, Young confirmed that Go8 universities were likely to downsize over time, although ANU was the smallest in the group and was not looking to cut its enrolments.

Australia’s top eight universities push for higher fees, fewer students

Ha! I’ll believe it when I see it.

It’s weird, in world terms, that Australian unis are so big. But with such a high concentration of the population in only a few big cities, it makes more sense to concentrate unis as well.

Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities are likely to reduce the number of people they enrol while increasing fees for each student after deregulation, a key backer of the reforms has predicted.

Australia’s top eight universities push for higher fees, fewer students

The key (unstated) point here being that when the Go8 increase fees by, say, X%, they’ll reduce the number of students by a fraction of X, still resulting in a far higher surplus overall.

Good business, to be sure.