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Universities should tolerate ‘offensive’ ideas

It goes without saying – or at least it ought to – that freedom of speech should be a core value of universities.

As a scholar of freedom of speech and a university academic, it has been gratifying to see so many vice-chancellors (and a…

  • Adrienne Stone
  • Brisbane Times

This attention to freedom of speech is a response to recent controversies on campus.

Beled 1aBettina Arndt’s university tour met with rowdy and obstructive demonstrations.

Students have accused each other of bullying and censorship.

And last year, La Trobe University academic Roz Ward was briefly suspended for misconduct for controversial views on Australia’s flag in a…

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