The university wonders whether it will adopt the Robert French free speech code, or incorporate its principals in existing policies
“Implementing the French Review’s recommended model code is far from straightforward because we need to ensure our legal and policy framework for protecting these fundamental freedoms is clear, consistent and workable,” Vice Chancellor Michael Spence says.
He has appointed a “consultative group” to advise on options (in appointments, below). Simply adopting Mr French’s proposed code would probably please Education Minister Dan Tehan who commissioned the free speech review. But that could appear to be an implicit recognition that universities are not autonomous on governance. “We are committed to adopting the model code, or its principles, but need to take care to ensure we do this in a way that strengthens our already robust framework for upholding freedom of speech and academic freedom,” Dr Spence adds.