||Significant change to Australian higher education occurred between March, 1987 and March, 1996, under the direction of a Federal Labor Government. At one level, the period witnessed an increase in the provision of higher education and variation in the criteria used to grant student entry. Such change represented a crisis in higher education's traditional or `qualified-entry' settlement which led to its resettling around a more `diversified-entry' arrangement. The organising logic of this diversified-entry was characterised by the discourses of `contest' (fairness in competition) rather than `sponsorship' (selection by association), although the latter appears to have been just better `hidden'. .