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All Australian Universities Have Now Adopted Free Speech Code

All Australian universities have now adopted policies to strengthen and protect free speech on campus, two years after the recommendation was made. University chancellors have also agreed to publicly report on how they are upholding academic freedom and freedom of speech on campus on an annual basis from 2021. Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge said these developments were significant for protecting free speech for students and academics on campus. “If universities are not places for free, robust speech, then their very purpose is jeopardised,” Tudge said. “You cannot advance knowledge without challenging existing orthodoxies, and risk causing offence in the process.” “Freedom of expression is the most fundamental foundational principle of a university. Academics who don’t believe in free speech, or cannot handle someone challenging their work, should not be at a university.” Tudge acknowledged that it would not solve the entire problem, but said it was a significant step …

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