Eight in 10 Australian universities restrict free speech, by Rachel Baxendale.
Almost 80 per cent of Australia’s universities stifle intellectual debate by restricting free speech, according to a new survey.
The Institute of Public Affairs’ inaugural Free Speech on Campus Audit examined the policies and actions of Australia’s 42 universities, finding that 33 had policies which substantially limited free speech or had acted censoriously. …
Only the University of New England passed the IPA’s test, which used methodology adapted from similar American and British studies.
It’s going to get worse, due to political correctness:
The report’s author, Matthew Lesh, said the threat to free speech was likely to worsen before it improved, with measures such as enforcing trigger warnings (content disclaimers) and safe spaces becoming increasingly popular on Australian campuses.
“This has the practical impact of limiting debate on campus, reflecting a prioritisation of making students feel comfortable over encouraging intellectual debate,” he said.
The report highlighted [the case of] Liberal students at the University of Melbourne removed from campus for displaying a poster with former prime minister John Howard’s quote “we will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come”.