Universities shouldn’t wait for Marise Payne’s axe to fall on China-funded institutes

The universities can’t squirm out of it this time. Last year, all 13 Australian universities that host China-funded Confucius Institutes declined to...

Some even tweaked their contracts with the Chinese government to avoid having to register on technicalities.

  • Salvatore Babones
  • The Sydney Morning Herald

The government was not amused.

Last December, the Australia’s Foreign Relations Act, or AFRA, removed any ambiguity: it gave universities six months to declare any “written arrangement, agreement, contract…

Australia’s states and territories were also forced to declare their foreign entanglements, and the act gives the Foreign Minister the…

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