Rumblings at RMIT

Chancellor Ziggy Switkowski will become chair of Crown Resorts (as in the casino company)

“How,” a learned reader asks “does a gambling business fits RMIT’s value statement, ‘we strive to make a difference, to be agents of positive change for our students, the community and beyond.’ ”

RMIT is certainly selective about industries it won’t accept money from. The university’s research policy directs staff that, “credibility of research findings … are not compromised by funding sources or association with the tobacco industry.” The university also has all investments in two managed funds which “exclude companies with fossil fuel reserves.