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Report of the Independent Review of the adoption of the model code on freedom of speech and academic freedom

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This document is the final report of Emeritus Professor Sally Walker AM's review of Australian universities' alignment with the Model Code on freedom of speech and academic freedom, recommended by the Hon. Robert French AC in his 2019 Review of freedom of speech in Australian higher education providers.

The focus of the task was on validating the alignment of universities’ policies with the Model Code. Because universities said that they would adopt the Model Code, adapt it or ensure that the principles of the Model Code were reflected in their policies, the analysis did not require duplication of the Model Code. Instead, it centred on whether each university’s policy, or policies, align with four ‘central concepts’ of the Model Code. For a university’s policies to be ‘fully aligned’ with the Model Code they would have to be consistent with each of the four ‘central concepts’.

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