Government does not rule out threat to uni funding following free speech review

Education Minister Dan Tehan was on RN with Fran Kelly yesterday talking about the French Review, into  campus freedom of speech, during which she asked. “If the French Review does find there should be some kind of code, if the universities don’t enforce it, would their funding be under threat, what would be on the table here?”

Mr Tehan replied, “Well let’s just let the former chief justice do his work and see what he comes up with,” before talking about the importance of free speech.

CMM asked the minister’s office if he wanted to take university funding of the table, which did not reply, referring the inquiry to the Department of Education and Training. According to the department, “The Australian Government will not pre-empt the report of Mr French.”


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