Everybody’s talking about free speech

At UniMelb management and union are in favour of academic comment but they disagree on how best to protect it

With management and the union emailing staff the argument over free-speech protection at the University of Melbourne rolls on. The university claims that published policy protects scholars right to free expression (CMM Monday). To which the National Tertiary Education Union replies that the policy statement does not apply to the university’s enterprise agreement, and it should. The NTEU also wants a “fair and transparent procedures for the protection of ‘whistleblowers.’ ”