And yet VCs seem to be misunderstood
In Victoria, Greens MP Sam Hibbins, gives notice he will move for a parliamentary inquiry into the provisions of the acts of the state’s eight public universities.
The proposed terms of reference include protecting, “accountable executive, fiscal and academic decision-making” and “academic freedom, independence and autonomy.”
There’s a Tasmanian Legislative Council inquiry into U Tas underway and it’s 18 months or so since one was undertaken by the NSW upper house (CMM January 25 2021).
Yesterday Uni Sydney VC Mark Scott spoke at the National Press Club and his prepared text referred to “hostile critics” of universities and “a broader passivity” towards them in the community. “We need to tell our story better. And we need a better story to tell.” Here’s a chance for some.