Sydney University Bans Discussion of Banned Speech

In its Free Speech On Campus Audit 2017, the Institute of Public Affairs found that the University of Sydney had the worst combination of policies and actions as they related to the exercise of free speech and otherwise limit the expression of ideas on campus.  Thus, of Australia’s 42 universities, Sydney University was assess to be the university most hostile to intellectual freedom.

According to IPA report:

The University of Sydney has been named as the most hostile ­university. It topped the ranking, scoring 36 — more than double its nearest rival, Charles Sturt University.

As a consequence of the criticisms of its policies and actions, Sydney University has determined that any discussion of free speech on campus will be immediately banned from today.  Hence force, University employees risk termination for cause and students risk expulsion for any speech about speech.

At an emergency meeting of the University Council, it was agreed that any actions and discussions that can adversely impact on the University’s values of progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo cannot be allowed.

Commenting on the immediate change, University of Sydney Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Spence said “Free speech is not free.  If you want to speak freely, there are other places available. ”

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36 Responses to Sydney University Bans Discussion of Banned Speech

  1. Roger

    The Left once went tot he barricades against censorship.

    Now they impose it.

    Fanatics have no sense of irony.

  2. H B Bear

    If you are looking for free speech a modern Western university is the last place you would start looking.

  3. Shane

    I really want to believe this is satire ,however its just inside the realms of possibility.
    A normal product of western culture holding to its values ,in this case Michael Spence ,would immediately sue for defamation.
    The other possibility which seems increasingly likely is that philosophical pawn advanced by Elon Musk and others that our world & reality is all just a stage in a simulation being played on a super computer in a nearby galaxy / dimension.
    It works for me else how else do you explain people that Shanghai Sam ,Turnbull or even Islamic fundamentalists wanting to live in the godless immoral west.

  4. Rabz

    Sydney University was assess to be the university most hostile to intellectual freedom

    Not to mention its hostility to intellectual inquiry.

    Time it was shut down and the buildings converted into dormitories for illegal moozley immigrants.

  5. Macspee

    Hmmm, can’t have anyone challenging the status quo can we? What precisely is “progressive thinking” if it is not the neo-status quo, regressing into infantile behaviour and stifling any unapproved thought? What is breaking with convention if it is not the adoption of left wing fascist concepts of race and intolerance?
    Surely the idea of the University as a place of open inquiry is lost but where will the revolt come from?
    It certainly will not come from within the University Council where no one can speak freely.
    Should not the government have a Royal Commission into the universities and withdraw all backing financial and otherwise from those that have ceased to be universities? Can’t wait for that one!

  6. Fess

    I assume this is parody? Impossible to tell though – shows how silly the academic world has become.

  7. Michael James Spence AC (born 10 January 1962) is an Australian academic and Anglican priest. Spence began as the 25th Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney on 11 July 2008. On 19 September 2012, he was reappointed for a second five-year term to commence on 1 July 2013.[1]

    Why is this prick the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney????
    Moreover, why is he allowed a position in education anywhere?!?!?!

  8. IainC

    University* of Sydney is perfectly free to impose its own rules and requirements, since it is entirely privately funded with no financial input from the taxpayer. External individuals and organisations therefore have no right to impose criteria that may reflect some sort of misguided notion that they may have a financial or intellectual stake in the campus. University administrators are the only ones who have a right to define policy. (Do I really need to indicate sarcasm here?)
    (*Perhaps to be renamed Monoversity of Sydney to reflect its reactionary outlook.)

  9. Up The Workers!

    Macspee, at 1.25pm asks:

    “What precisely is “progressive thinking”?”

    Answer: An oxymoron!

  10. Peredur

    As Catallaxians will well know Hayek made an exceptionally useful delineation between an open order of societal evolution and a taxis in which an “organiser can, within the restricted range achievable by this method, try to make the results [of human action] conform to his preferences to any degree he likes, a taxis is necessarily designed for the achievement of particular ends or of a particular hierarchy of ends; and to the extent that the organiser can master the information about the available means, and effectively control their use, he may be able to make the arrangement correspond to his wishes in considerable detail. Since it will be his purposes that will govern the arrangement, he can attach any valuation to each element of the order and place it so as to make its position correspond to what he regards as its merits.”

    Since Sydney University seeks to endorse this fascism it will not even be ironic that its consequences will be toxic.

  11. Jo Smyth

    Will be interesting to see if the numbers of students enrolling start falling next year or if parents and students couldn’t care less about free speech.

  12. Nato

    After 3 of 3, maybe it’s time for I_Am_Spartacus to open her own parody site.

    On the odd occasion, the Libertarians Do Not Live By Argument Alone tag is a breath of fresh air, but this is beyond a joke.

    Stop crapping on the cat.

  13. Occupy Centrelink

    JohnL
    #2581638, posted on December 11, 2017 at 1:52 pm
    Michael James Spence AC (born 10 January 1962) is an Australian academic and Anglican priest. Spence began as the 25th Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney on 11 July 2008. On 19 September 2012, he was reappointed for a second five-year term to commence on 1 July 2013.[1]



    An Anglican priest? I wish I was a fly on the wall during his seminary training.

  14. alan sivkoff

    the beginning of the end of western civilization and democracy. the march of the leftists through our institutions and public service is now complete. sign up now for your card members, its the only option to get at least some smidgen from the gravy train that is communist/socialist nirvana.

  15. IRFM

    Vice Chancellor Spence is too young to remember ‘All Gas and Gaiters”. It sure would help his revisionist thinking

  16. “Give me Liberty or give me death!”

    “Your fired!”

  17. Wal of Ipswich

    If I want schoolboy satire I read the Betoota Advocate. Lift your game.

  18. struth

    When you have Turnbull liberals in (socialists) nothing will be done.

    This is pure cultural Marxism, straight of their playbook.

    We know what they are doing and we know why they are doing it.

    Cultural Marxism would be wiped out overnight if taxes were forbidden to go to it.

  19. manalive

    This item is very hurtful.

  20. Mother Lode

    The Left once went tot he barricades against censorship.

    Now they impose it.

    Fanatics have no sense of irony.

    You have made the mistake of believing their pretense that it was a matter of principle. They only said that because they knew that conservatives take principle seriously, and that many that they were saying it to had fought (and lost friends fighting against) regimes that would deny people that.

    The left manned the barricades for the right to be able say whatever they want without being challenged. They wanted megaphones. They wanted to take charge of institutions.

    They had no intention of sharing any of these privileges with any one else.

    In fact, they had not even really been denied free speech. It was just that everything they said was puerile and sphincter-puckeringly retarded.

  21. Pickles

    Wal of Ipswich
    #2581676, posted on December 11, 2017 at 2:43 pm
    If I want schoolboy satire I read the Betoota Advocate. Lift your game.

    It used to be easy to tell the difference between the Beetoota Advocate and reality. Now it’s almost impossible.

  22. Mother Lode

    This item is very hurtful.

    Yes. And ‘inappropriate’ and ‘not helpful’.

    And I am sure there are a bunch of other words with negative connotations that must be bandied as if carrying intellectual weight – to make up for the fact ‘not true’ cannot be applied.

  23. Megan

    Love the bit about challenging the status quo. Can I challenge their current status of no free speech allowed?

  24. Kneel

    “Can I challenge their current status of no free speech allowed?”

    Certainly not, Megs! You would be a facist if you wanted to speak your mind! Not only that, you might violate someones “safe space”.

  25. Paul Farmer

    If Turnball has the courage this would be a great opportunity to defund the university and wedge the Labor party. Taxpayers dollars ought not be free either without obligations.

  26. A Lurker

    I’m guessing that I am Spartacus is again pulling our legs with this little story, although, Sydney University is certainly heading down the Suppression of Free-Speech Road with every other Australian University following along behind (except UNE, which thankfully took the detour to Free Speech Land).

  27. Problem for Sydney potential students- there is little choice of a good University. UNSW is full of climate alarmist like the leader of the ship of fools that got stuck in the ice and had to be rescued. Western Sydney Uni. dare one say third rate in the class of mail order unis. in USA. I suppose they could go to Wollongong or Newcastle- they have good engineering faculties where one can learn about mining and minerals processing, robotics, and new materials.

  28. I am Spartacus

    I’m guessing that I am Spartacus is again pulling our legs with this little story

    Every farce has its genesis in truth. The IPA report/rating is 100% correct and true.

  29. A Lurker

    Every farce has its genesis in truth. The IPA report/rating is 100% correct and true.

    Yes, but I wonder why UNE got the highest free-speech rating?
    Is it because it lies in a mostly-Conservative electorate?
    Is it because many of its students are distance ones and more likely to be mature-aged and thus more rational?
    Or does free-speech improve the further you are away from major cities?

  30. Tel

    Problem for Sydney potential students- there is little choice of a good University.

    My suggestion to modern students is avoid an off-the-shelf university degree. I think in my day it probably helped a bit but that was before the Internet. Look at something like Oracle University or else learn on the job, teach yourself, shop around amongst the many online courses, and get used to adaptation. Employers don’t look closely at degrees anyhow, they look at experience. The university system isn’t worth anything close to as much as it once was.

  31. Slayer of Memes

    Bob Whittaker‏ @BobWhittaker1
    Replying to @Ey_am_Spartacus @CatallaxyFiles

    “Free speech is not free. If you want to speak freely, there are other places available. ”
    Applies also to Catallaxy Files. Posting anything counter the extremist orthodoxy there gets you banned.

    5:01 pm – 11 Dec 2017

    TRIGGERED!!

  32. Slayer of Memes

    Bob Whittaker‏
    @BobWhittaker1

    Replying to @Ey_am_Spartacus @CatallaxyFiles

    “Free speech is not free. If you want to speak freely, there are other places available. ”
    Applies also to Catallaxy Files. Posting anything counter the extremist orthodoxy there gets you banned.

    5:01 pm – 11 Dec 2017

    Someone got triggered…

  33. wal1957

    Ahhhh…. the progressive left. Where would we be without them?

    It’s nice to dream, isn’t it?

  34. Dr Fred Lenin

    Following in the glorious tradition of free and open speech set in the soviet onion ,a form of government much admired by the staff and many of the students . They must control these deviants who think universities are places to actually learn a usefull occupation, foolish dinosaurs ,Universities are set up tp indoctrinate people to become unemployed HECS debtors ,ever ready to demonstrate violently on behalf of the elitist fascists and crony capitalists . A new class of illiterate non productive drones bludging on the real workers.

  35. My suggestion to modern students is avoid an off-the-shelf university degree.

    Anyone who attends a Marxist university is part of the problem.

    Defund them by taking your business elsewhere. I look forward to the day bricks and mortar universities are mere shells of their former selves, reduced to mostly online students paying greatly reduced fees.

    Google is evil, but Google learning will surely has ten their demise.

    It is our duty as parents to starve these beasts into obscurity.

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