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Why Should Everyone Else Pay For Your Expensive University Degree?

Education | John Slater
Daily Telegraph 3rd May, 2017

Australian students have the immense privilege of being able to attend a world-class university regardless of their bank balance, or family...

Campus Censorship Ratchets Up

Education | Matthew Lesh
The Spectator Australia 16th March, 2017

Free intellectual inquiry is under serious threat at universities across the Anglosphere. At the very places designed to inspire a battle of...

America has the answer for Australia's failing schools

Education | Aaron Lane
Sydney Morning Herald 23rd February, 2017

Australia must tackle the highly-centralised structures of public education if we are to stem the long-term decline of Australian students'...

New Minister Must Get Curriculum Right

Education | Bella d'Abrera
The Daily Telegraph 17th February, 2017

The latest NSW Cabinet reshuffle has resulted in some significant front bench arrivals and departures in the new Berejiklian Government. One of...

A new breed of ‘historian’

Education | Bella d'Abrera
The Spectator Australia 11th January, 2017

In the next few weeks, thousands of young Australians, having just finished 12 years of schooling, will be preparing themselves for what should be...

Censorship, trigger warnings and “free speech”: the National Union of Students meets

Education | Matthew Lesh
The Spectator Australia 13th December, 2016

This week the rabble that is the National Union of Students will hold their annual National Conference in Geelong at Deakin University. The...


Response to Tertiary Education Quality Standards - Diversity and Equity


The proposed draft Guidance Note represents a significant threat to freedom of speech and free academic inquiry in Australia’s universities. The Guidance Note should be withdrawn. The concerns with the Guidance Note are as follows: The...

Free speech on campus audit 2016


Freedom of speech is under serious threat at Australian universities. The Free Speech on Campus Audit 2016 is a systematic review of intellectual freedom on Australian campuses using a methodology adapted from American and British assessments of...

Eight in 10 universities restrict free speech: IPA report

MEDIA RELEASE | Matthew Lesh

Free speech at Australian universities is under serious threat according to a new report from the free market think thank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Free Speech on Campus Audit 2016 is a first-of-its-kind systematic review of university...