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Swastikas And Speech At The University of Sydney


Last year revealed the limits of free speech at the University of Sydney. When political economy lecturer Tim Anderson featured a Nazi swastika painted over an Israeli flag in one of his lectures, the university gave him the boot. Previously expressing solidarity with the government of North Korea and speaking out on behalf of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad was not enough to get him fired. The Powerpoint swastika was the final straw.

Freedom of speech is a fine thing, but the freedom to lecture has its limits. Yet in a case of the strangest of strange bedfellows, Melbourne’s Institute for Public Affairs has “spotlighted” the sacking of Dr Anderson as one of six actions “hostile to freedom of speech” in a 2018 audit of free speech at Australian universities.

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