Campus free speech is complicated: ANU wants to explains

With the government holding an inquiry on free speech on campus, ANU announces a “summit” to address errors. “The surrounding debate … lacks nuance and conflates freedom of speech with academic freedom while excluding discussion of academic autonomy and integrity.”

Speakers will include Carmen Lawrence and the university’s chancellor Gareth Evans, with a key-note by some bloke called Glyn Davis.

University of Sydney counsel Richard Fisher has already had a go at this, at a conference on campus free speech (CMM yesterday). He set out carefully calibrated cases on when and why, or not, the university will welcome controversial speakers on campus.  Whatever Education Minister Tehan does when he receives the review universities will have their lines ready.


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