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Open Minds

Academic freedom and freedom of speech of Australia

Carolyn Evans Adrienne Stone



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Black Inc
02 March 2021
A crisp, timely and definitive look at the complex topic of freedom in Australian universities.

Recently the alarm has been raised - basic freedoms are under attack in our universities. A generation of 'snowflake' students are shutting out ideas that challenge their views. Ideologically motivated academics are promoting propaganda at the expense of rigorous research and balanced teaching. Universities are caving in and denying platforms to 'problematic' public speakers. Is this true, or is it panic and exaggeration?

Carolyn Evans and Adrienne Stone deftly investigate the arguments, analysing recent controversies and delving into the history of the university. They consider the academy's core values and purpose, why it has historically given higher protection to certain freedoms, and how competing legal, ethical and practical claims can restrict free expression.

This book asks the necessary questions and responds with thoughtful, reasoned answers. Are universities responsible for helping students to thrive in a free intellectual climate? Are public figures who work outside of academia owed an audience? Does a special duty of care exist for students and faculty targeted by hostile speech? And are high-profile cases diverting attention from more complex, serious threats to freedom in universities - such as those posed by domestic and foreign governments, industry partners and donors?
By:   Carolyn Evans, Adrienne Stone
Imprint:   Black Inc
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   336g
ISBN:   9781760641634
ISBN 10:   1760641634
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   02 March 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Carolyn Evans is vice-chancellor and president of Griffith University. She is recognised internationally as an expert on religious freedom and human rights. Adrienne Stone is the editor of The Oxford Handbook on the Australian Constitution and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook on Freedom of Speech. She is a professor of law at the University of Melbourne Law School. Jade Roberts is a research associate at the University of Melbourne Law School, where she is currently completing a PhD in international law.

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