universities

Free Speech Crisis At Australia’s Universities Confirmed By New Research
31 August 2019

Free Speech Crisis At Australia’s Universities Confirmed By New Research

New research released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs confirms there is a free speech crisis at Australia’s universities. A survey of 500 domestic Australian university students, commissioned by the IPA from independent market research company, Dynata reveals: 41% of students feel they are sometimes unable to express their opinion at university 31% of students
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Australian History’s Last Stand: An Audit Of Australian History Teaching At Universities
27 December 2018

Australian History’s Last Stand: An Audit Of Australian History Teaching At Universities

Key Research Findings This report examines the way in which the history of Australia is currently being taught in Australian universities. It is based on a systematic review of all 147 Australian history subjects taught in 2018 at the 35 Australian universities that offer programs of study in history. This audit builds on research which was commenced by the Institute
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Universities Want To Have Their Cake – And Censor It
18 December 2018

Universities Want To Have Their Cake – And Censor It

Universities have entered a bargain with the devil. Universities accept significant state direction in exchange for privileges and funding. Universities are a regulated oligopoly. They have a range of privileges, including the exclusive power to award degrees, barriers to entry for competitors, and generous funding. Higher education-related government expenditure reached $13.86 billion in 2017–18, a figure that has grown substantially
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Free Speech in Decline: IPA Free Speech On Campus Audit 2018
10 December 2018

Free Speech in Decline: IPA Free Speech On Campus Audit 2018

Free expression at Australian universities is slipping even further, according to the Institute of Public Affairs’ Free Speech on Campus Audit 2018. The audit analyses over 190 policies and actions at Australia’s 42 universities. The total Hostility Score across all institutions, which measures the number of policies and actions that limit free speech, has increased by 82 per cent between
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Minister’s Veto Exposes The Rot Within The Humanities
1 November 2018

Minister’s Veto Exposes The Rot Within The Humanities

The news that former federal education minister Simon ­Birming­ham vetoed several hum­anities research projects submitted to the Australian Research Council last year has sparked a flurry of protests by the academic Left. The real cause of the offence and outrage is because these academics have been outed to the public. Academics employed in hum­anities departments have cried that this was
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Sexual Assault Too Serious A Crime For A Campus Verdict
19 October 2018

Sexual Assault Too Serious A Crime For A Campus Verdict

A basic legal right is that if you are accused of something as serious as sexual assault, the case against you must be proved beyond reasonable doubt. Australia’s universities are stripping away this basic legal right by determining such cases at the much lower threshold of the “balance of probabilities”. In August, the University of Sydney established a policy that
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Two Ideas Of A University – Speech By Matthew Lesh
4 October 2018

Two Ideas Of A University – Speech By Matthew Lesh

Two Ideas of a University Speech by Matthew Lesh, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, to the University Chancellors Council’s Conference on University Governance, Adelaide, Australia, 4 October 2018 Thank you very much for the invitation to address this august gathering. In particular, I pay my tribute to Peter Shergold who graciously organised this session in the spirit
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Western Civilisation “Not Welcome Here”
27 September 2018

Western Civilisation “Not Welcome Here”

In 2017, following the wishes of the late Paul Ramsay, a businessman and philanthropist who made his fortune in the healthcare industry, the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation was set up in Australia.  Paul Ramsay was deeply concerned that Australians are not being taught about Western Civilisation either at school or university. So he left part of his $3.4 billion
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Universities Of The Closed Mind
30 June 2018

Universities Of The Closed Mind

A series of leaked emails reveal the depths of prejudice and groupthink at Australia’s universities. In late May, Macquarie University academics were invited to a presentation by an Israeli. The first to respond, to the entire Faculty of Arts, was John Hunter, holder of the ‘Fellowship for Indigenous Researchers’. Hunter declared he would not attend because of ‘the Human Rights
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University Regulator TEQSA Has Lost Its Way On Political Matters
29 June 2018

University Regulator TEQSA Has Lost Its Way On Political Matters

Australia’s university regulator, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, is not only failing to protect free intellectual inquiry but its ideologically driven interventions are part of the problem. Australia’s universities are facing a serious reputational crisis. The more universities become aligned with a single line of political thought, the more the community will wonder, rightly, why billions of taxpayer
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