The university representatives on the government’s taskforce, “to protect universities from foreign interference” are selected
Word is they include;
Peak lobby CEOs Catriona Jackson (Universities Australia) and Vicki Thomson (Group of Eight) with vice chancellors; Martin Bean (RMIT), John Dewar (La Trobe U), Peter Hoj (Uni Queensland ) and Alex Zelinsky (Uni Newcastle).
It’s a carefully considered collection. Ms Jackson represents universities as a whole, Ms Thomson, the universities that generate most research. Mr Bean is an ex Microsoft global manager, Professor Dewar is a veteran policy reviewer. Professor Hoj leads a top three research university. As for Professor Zelinsky, before joining his university late last year he was chief defence scientist.