Ramsay’s groupthink

Arena, 26 July 2019. Read the original here. Does anyone want to hear another word about the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation? Since the ANU rejected Ramsay last year, the centre may, as its ‘chief executive’ Simon Haines acknowledges, have been slower than it anticipated in starting collaborations with Australian universities. But the prospect of… Continue reading Ramsay’s groupthink

Roz Ward, Barry Spurr And What Universities Are For

New Matilda, 9 June 2016. Read the original here. When for any reason… the administrator of [a university] attempts to dislodge a professor because of his political or religious sentiments, at that moment the institution has ceased to be a university. So affirmed the University of Chicago’s first president in 1892. Going on recent experience,… Continue reading Roz Ward, Barry Spurr And What Universities Are For

BDS creates the conditions for a real dialogue

The Australian, 26 July 2017. Originally published under the headline 'BDS encourages Israel to enter into a two-state dialogue', which misrepresented my position. Read the original here. A major national conference on the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign for Palestine will be held at the University of Sydney this week. Predictably, the conference has been… Continue reading BDS creates the conditions for a real dialogue

Teachers should be an example and that means speaking their minds on refugees

Sydney Morning Herald, 16 December 2016. Read the original here. This week, hundreds of school teachers from the national Teachers for Refugees group will protest against our brutal and internationally condemned refugee policies by wearing "close the camps, bring them here" T-shirts to school. Predictably, the initiative has drawn strident criticism from the federal government… Continue reading Teachers should be an example and that means speaking their minds on refugees

Academics should boycott international conferences in the US until Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ is lifted

Wildcat Dispatches, 17 February 2017. Read the original here. Earlier this week, I signed a call for a boycott of international academic conferences in the US until Trump’s “Muslim ban” is lifted. Over five thousand other academics have done the same, and the move has been widely reported. However, not everyone thinks that a boycott… Continue reading Academics should boycott international conferences in the US until Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ is lifted