academic freedom

Policy report

7 Oct 2018

This paper adds to the debate about threats to free speech in Australian universities by suggesting how and why a ‘university freedom charters’ policy might be implemented by the federal government to promote intellectual tolerance and diversity of ideas, opinions, and debate on campus.

Research report

2018 Helen Hughes Lecture for Emerging Thinkers
11 Sep 2018

Claire Lehmann is one of the leading figures of the so-called ‘intellectual dark web’ – which is pushing back against the stultifying political correctness promoted in academia, and defending the vital principles of freedom of speech and thought that universities used to stand for.

Commentary

4 Apr 2018

The author of the controversial Silent Invasion argues it's not the book, but the reaction to it, that has highlighted something troubling in Australian intellectual life.

Research report

5 Feb 2018

Trigger warnings, cultural appropriation and safe spaces. Who decided to bestow guardian status to Australian universities? This publication looks at how we got here, where we are headed and what the alternative is to this new status quo.

Research report

9 Dec 2017

This audit recommends that Australia’s universities abolish speech codes that limit free speech; introduce policies that protect intellectual freedom, as mandated by legislation; and commit to the University of Chicago’s sector-leading statement on free expression.

Audio podcast

12 May 2017

The Central European University (CEU) in Budapest has become a symbolic battleground between liberal internationalism and a rising tide of populist nationalism.

Its future is under threat after the Hungarian government, led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, announced new higher education laws, which the...

Journal article

12 Jul 2016

In 2014, Nick Davies, the investigative journalist responsible for uncovering the News of the World phone-hacking affair, argued that Rupert Murdoch’s global media conglomerate News Corp actively seeks to intimidate its critics into silence. This article provides an Australian case study on News Corp’s representation...

Research report

26 Sep 2006

Academic freedom is essential to the work of Australian universities. Their role in educating students and advancing human knowledge depends upon academics and students working and learning in an environment in which they can freely exchange ideas, challenge conventional wisdom and debate controversial issues. Indeed,...

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