We know that large amounts of taxpayer's money are used to pay staff to remain silent about the bullying and harassment that they have suffered (it costs around $450,000 to gag a member of staff). At least FIFTEEN people have reported that they have been gagged by the University to keep quiet about their bullying.
We also know that large amounts of money are used to keep the media machine going - to pay spin masters to aggressively market the University.
"The University of Newcastle (UON), which has paid previously undisclosed commissions totalling almost $24 million to agents since 2010, told Four Corners that it had also run into trouble with its offshore partners.
"In January 2014 UON terminated a contract with an agent as a result of an investigation that confirmed fraudulent documentation had been submitted by the agent as part of two student applications," a UON spokeswoman said.
The university has also recently splurged on hospitality for its agents. Last year, its budget for entertainment soared from $7,850 to more than $36,000. Its spokeswoman explained that, in 2014, "the university hosted a major summit in Australia for its offshore agents, as well as summits in regional hubs across Australia"."
Why are we not surprised?