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A budget proposal in the public interest:’50-50-25’

The Australian Universities and Publicly Funded Research Agencies urgently need to put measures in place that secure long-term stability and appropriate growth of the sector. They must prepare now for the expected prolonged periods of fiscal constraint in consequence of … Continue reading

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Submission on Academic Employment to Hon. Jason Clare

The current crisis in academic employment is the direct consequence of decisions made by previous governments over the past three decades or more. At its heart is the failure by either major party in office to provide adequate and secure … Continue reading

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Public Universities Australia calls for urgent university governance reform

                                                                                    Media Release 25 May 2022 Public Universities Australia calls for urgent university governance reform Public Universities Australia welcomes the change of the Australian Government and looks forward to working with the new education minister on improving the public … Continue reading

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Community Response to Ministerial Interference

Update: Australian Research Council Amendment (EnsuringResearch Independence) Bill 2018 Firstly, we thank everyone who submitted this inquiry because significant changes can only happen with our collective effort. For autonomy, our respective organisations had made individual submissions that can be found … Continue reading

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How to respond to the declining role of the arts and humanities in universities

2022-03-24 13.02.10 How to respond to the declining role of the arts and humanities in universities (video and audio) A national panel discussion: causation, challenges, and responses. Organised by the Departmental Integrity and Diversity Committee of the University of Sydney … Continue reading

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Re: “PM explains: there are unis and there are unis”

Original article On the 15th of March 2022, the Campus Morning Mail (CMM) reported comments made by Prime Minister Scott Morrison during his visit to the University of Newcastle from the previous day. First, he praised the University of Newcastle … Continue reading

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Submission: Australian Research Council Amendment (Ensuring Research Independence) Bill 2018 – PUA’s Response.

Key Highlights: “..research is not research if its outcomes are dictated.” “..history has shown time and again that innovation cannot be predetermined.” “…political vetoes hurt students just as deeply. More importantly, they take away the students’ sense of hope for … Continue reading

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A Call to Arms for Academic Freedom

Re: Greens push for an enquiry into political interference in ARC grant funding successful. The academic community experienced a rare victory in parliament this past week. The Greens represented by Senator Dr. Mehreen Faruqi successfully pushed the Australian Research Council … Continue reading

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Can Australia be more than a country of natural resources? (Part 1: Overview of the Australian Economy)

It seems like an impossible vision, but I’ve often wondered if Australia will ever strive to be an economy beyond exporting basic resources like coal, iron and agriculture and joint at the hip with the United States. To answer this … Continue reading

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RESPONSE TO THE CENSORSHIP OF ARC

As has been well documented, the Interim Minister of Education, Stuart Robert, vetoed the funding of six Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Discovery Projects applications.  These projects were approved for funding by the ARC’s College of Experts following a meticulous refereeing … Continue reading

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