The Australian government wants greater diversity in the higher education sector, including creating teaching-only universities. This is despite Australia having a vast array of nearly 200 tertiary institutions offering degree courses up to and including PhDs. But federal Education Minister Brendan Nelson hopes to change the protocols that determine whether a tertiary institution can call itself a university. A discussion paper released by Dr Nelson last week sets out reasons to consider change and notes Britain has decided that institutions will be eligible to be called universities regardless of whether they award research degrees. Labour's spokeswoman on education, Jenny Macklin, said Dr Nelson's proposed changes would undermine the value of a university degree and proliferate: 'McDegrees that aren't worth the paper they are written on'.