University

Australia’s Universities Are Failing To Protect Free Speech
3 October 2017

Australia’s Universities Are Failing To Protect Free Speech

Academic freedom is increasingly under threat on Australian campuses, and widespread speech codes leave universities unprepared to combat the danger. The latest threat comes from a new source: Chinese students, on four known occasions this year, have pressured academics to modify material to align with Chinese government foreign policy. At the University of Newcastle, a lecturer who listed Hong Kong
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Hardly On The Hunt For Facts
18 June 2017

Hardly On The Hunt For Facts

The ABC and the Australian Human Rights Commission have teamed up with far-left student activists for a blatant propaganda campaign about campus sexual assault and harassment. Tomorrow the ABC is broadcasting a “documentary” called The Hunting Ground which, the ABC website says, “takes audiences to the heart of a shocking epidemic of violence and institutional cover-ups across college campuses in
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Taxpayers Notes: Wasting Millions On Humanities Grants
17 June 2017

Taxpayers Notes: Wasting Millions On Humanities Grants

This month, a number of university departments across Australia will be filled with the sound of popping corks and clinking glasses, as 91 jubilant Future Fellows and their colleagues celebrate the announcement by the Hon. Simon Birmingham that they are each to receive a slice of the Australian Research Council’s considerable pie. In this latest round of funding from the
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Killing The University
2 June 2017

Killing The University

In March, the University of Melbourne Student Union ran an “intersectional and student-led workshop around the ways in which privilege and unconscious bias permeate tutorials and seminars…” According to the official report following the workshop, there is a colossal amount of unconscious bias floating around Melbourne University, and which by all accounts appears to be emanating from one particular privileged group; white men. Workshop attendees reported that the behaviour of such individuals in tutorials and seminars made them feel bad about themselves and to doubt their own abilities.
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University regulator backs down on free intellectual inquiry attack
31 May 2017

University regulator backs down on free intellectual inquiry attack

Australia’s university regulator has backed down on a major attack on campus intellectual freedom, following public scrutiny by the Institute of Public Affairs. In October last year the Territory Education Quality and Standard Agency quietly released a draft Guidance Note on ‘Diversity and Equity’. The original note conflated equivalent opportunity with ‘creating the conditions for equity of outcomes’, re-defined social
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Why Should Everyone Else Pay For Your Expensive University Degree?
3 May 2017

Why Should Everyone Else Pay For Your Expensive University Degree?

Australian students have the immense privilege of being able to attend a world-class university regardless of their bank balance, or family background. And that will continue under the government’s recently announced plans to make students foot more of the bill for their degree, and to start paying it back sooner. The beauty of Australia’s higher education contribution scheme, or ‘HECS’
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America Has The Answer For Australia’s Failing Schools
23 February 2017

America Has The Answer For Australia’s Failing Schools

Australia must tackle the highly-centralised structures of public education if we are to stem the long-term decline of Australian students’ performance compared to the rest of the world. When it comes to public education, Australia has much to learn from the United States. Last week, the US Senate voted to confirm President Donald Trump’s controversial pick for Education Secretary, Betsy
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Why We Shouldn’t #ChangeTheDate
2 February 2017

Why We Shouldn’t #ChangeTheDate

Last Friday, the University of Western Australia Student Guild voted overwhelmingly in favour of changing the date of Australia Day and proposed to ban all future campus celebrations on January 26. Just hours before the general meeting was to set to begin, the Western Australian Students Aboriginal Corporation (WASAC) had requested that the motion to join the #ChangeTheDate campaign be raised and discussed at the Guild Council meeting. Even though the official submission date had closed the week earlier, the Guild allowed WASAC to
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What #ChangeTheDate Reveals About Identity Politics
2 February 2017

What #ChangeTheDate Reveals About Identity Politics

Last Friday, the University of Western Australia Student Guild voted overwhelmingly in favour of changing the date of Australia Day and proposed to ban all future campus celebrations on January 26. Just hours before the general meeting was to set to begin, the Western Australian Students Aboriginal Corporation (WASAC) had requested that the motion to join the #ChangeTheDate campaign be
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A New Breed Of ‘Historian’
9 January 2017

A New Breed Of ‘Historian’

In the next few weeks, thousands of young Australians, having just finished 12 years of schooling, will be preparing themselves for what should be their first, exciting foray into higher education. Their minds should be expanded, their eyes opened to new ideas and concepts. Many of them will have applied to study history. It appears however, that if they don’t
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