Foreign eyes looking at Australia tend to gaze on the architectural brilliance of Sydney and the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne as the crown jewels of Australia. But in the south-east corner of Queensland lies the pair’s somewhat forgotten cousin, Brisbane.
The grounds of Australian universities are filled to overflowing with students scurrying from class to class like crabs in shells of aspiration. The country’s top research universities, Melbourne, Sydney and Australian National University (ANU) are huge by world standards – typically enrolling 40,000 students, in comparison to American counterpart Stanford University with just under 16,000 filling their hallowed halls. With the Australian government’s budget cuts to higher education and plans to increase per-student contribution, some are concerned demand for degrees may drop and see the robust university sector fade to a skeleton.
Her schedule consists of running an art gallery, managing a bar, career counselling, helping with her fiancés Mexican food business and doing a yoga course as well as looking after her two young children, three chickens and one cat. Nothing and no one, it seems, can stop Leila Cosgrove.