Australia’s universities are failing to protect free speech on campus.
The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA)’s Free Speech on Campus Audit 2017 is a systematic analysis of over 165 policies and actions at Australia’s 42 universities. The Audit rates each university’s support for free speech through analysis of policies and actions that limit the diversity of ideas on campus.
The failure to protect freedom of expression is seriously imperilling the discovery of truth, the core purpose of Australia’s universities; student development, which requires debate and challenge; and the future of Australian society, which depends on a tolerance and openness to debate.
In order to protect free speech, it is recommended that Australia’s universities: (1) abolish policies that limit free speech; 2) introduce a policy that protects intellectual freedom, as mandated by legislation; and (3) commit to the University of Chicago’s sector-leading statement on free expression.