TEQSA gets owned

Senator Amanda Stoker tells TEQSA what it should have known already.

TEQSA will investigate!!!!

But don’t hold your breath – TEQSA works on a tick-a-box audit approach. Does University X have policy Y? Yes? NO? Moving right along. I have no doubt that every single university is nominally compliant with the letter of the law. Bans on sarcasm will be justified by the presence of a large number of non-English speaking students who may not understand the role of sarcasm and will receive incorrect information by accepting sarcastic comments as being literally correct. (The counter-argument, of course, is that the government has already mandated a high level of English language proficiency for international students and as such sarcasm should be well known and understood by all students – nonetheless we won’t see that counter-argument being deployed).

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16 Responses to TEQSA gets owned

  1. Proof reading

    and not will receive

    [Thanks – doesn’t need the “not” at all. Sinc]

  2. wal1957

    As usual, ‘Sir Humphrey’ will go away, do some fiddling with whatever, then come back with a 100 page report saying that there is nothing to worry about.

    Universities are no longer the places where free speech is a right. It now depends on which side of the ‘debate’ you are on. No debate can be had simply because the protesting idiots won’t allow it.
    AND our politicians are too gutless to call the universities on this.

  3. Sinclair Davidson

    Universities are no longer the places where free speech is a right.

    The whole of Australia is no longer a place where free speech is a right.

  4. Pedro the Ignorant

    Being an uncultured rural oaf, I Googled TEQSA.

    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency. I stand enlightened.

    Who knew such a thing existed?

    Taxpayer funded, naturally.

  5. Dr Fred Lenin

    Sinclair, like all leftist things Defunding of taxpayers money will render them impotent ,who ever heard of fauxberiginals ,gay “marriage”,femiazism , globalists ,gangrenes , “renewables “ etc. Before they got their hands on millions of taxpayers money ,without it they perish ,all that is need is someone with the guts to face them down and they will crumble we are paying to have our liberty destroyed .

  6. manalive

    Bans on sarcasm will be justified …

    … as in N Korea:
    “In late August 2016, North Korea banned sarcasm against the government. It was reported that the government gave the warnings in mass meetings across the country. Subsequent media reports suggest that North Korea banned sarcasm altogether” (Wiki).
    It appears that Prof Saunders is not usually lobster-red, maybe he had been on holiday recently.

  7. Bad Samaritan

    Pedro (4.17pm) Since a lot of Cats (99%) are public servants or former public servants (including academics) it’s only natural management would take it for granted that everyone knows what every letter-cluster……even the most obscure….. means. People like me, and maybe you, who probably thought this had something to do with Queensland and South Australia were probably puzzled how Sydney Uni fitted in, but you know what they say….

    If you aren’t on the public purse…vote Trump you morons!

    I hope this helps in some way. Cheers.

  8. egg_

    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency

    Sarchasm?

  9. egg_

    Standards of
    Quality for
    Universities
    And
    Tertiary Edumacation?

    Taking the pith, surely?

  10. .

    If you aren’t on the public purse…vote Trump you morons!

    Sure, are we the 51st State yet?

  11. Chris M

    The whole of Australia is no longer a place where free speech is a right.

    Yes, or the freedom not to speak. I see some thug in SA has been incarcerated indefinitely until he answers questions put to him by some public servants, seem quite trivial questions also. Apparently it is open-ended that is he can be detained for the rest of his natural life if he refuses to answer.

  12. Mother Lode

    Being an uncultured rural oaf, I Googled TEQSA.

    They don’t want you enlightened. They want to bow.

    Or, to more show intellectual creds and show a grasp of assonance, to kowtow.

    I will show my grasp by calling them a bunch of can’ts.

  13. Pedro the Ignorant #2849763, posted on October 26, 2018 at 4:17 pm
    Being an uncultured rural oaf, I Googled TEQSA.
    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency. I stand enlightened.
    Who knew such a thing existed?
    Taxpayer funded, naturally.

    Thank you.
    You google this stuff so the rest of us need not live in ignorance.

  14. Tintarella di Luna

    Senator Amanda Stoker’s maiden speech which apparently is still not up on the Parliament of Australia Website even though it was delivered in mid-June.

    She says towards the end:

    This is the hard bit. I say to my three lovely girls—Mary, Jane and Emma—you won’t understand today until many years down the track. Know that I endeavour to show you by example that no path is closed to you and that you can and should pursue your wildest dreams knowing that they are all possible.

    Adam is my wonderful husband. I’ll always be grateful that on that January morning I showed up to campaign with a bunch of Young Liberals, out of embarrassment—I was looking absolutely dreadful; it was the day after a wedding—I paired up to doorknock with the one person in the room I didn’t know. It has turned out to be the best decision of my life.

    I’ve been a private barrister and a public prosecutor, but I got my start sorting fittings in my family’s plumbing business. It’s the story shared by so many families who aspire, generation by generation, to improve their lot. I’m proud of that. It reflects so many Australians that I hope to represent well and so many of the Queensland LNP members who have entrusted me with the gift of their endorsement. I’m a product of the grassroots of that membership, and I always will be. I thank every member for that honour.

    For as long as I have the privilege of serving God, my Queen, the values of the Liberal National Party and, most importantly, the people of Queensland, I will do so to the best of my ability, listening sincerely and aiming always to stand with fortitude even in our most difficult debates so that I might contribute to restoring the trust of Australians in our political institutions. The task could not be expressed better than it was by former US President John F Kennedy:

    With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.

    Pity for JFK they were just words but I believe Amanda Stoker acts accordingly.

  15. Zatara

    By what right have universities become city-states with quasi-legislatures, police forces, and kangaroo courts? What gives TEQSA the authority to act as a kangaroo court determining rights and wrongs regarding questions of the law?

    The whole concept of universities and their students being somehow special and above normal societal laws and mores needs to be very harshly examined and then shot down in flames.

    The common sense answer to ‘should student organizations be required to pay for their security when the Uni determines their activities many be violently opposed’ is Feck no. They already pay taxes and have every right to expect any ‘violent opposers’ be met by the full force of civil law.

    If the university suspects that a legitimate student activity may be opposed with violence or the threat thereof they should be calling in the civil cops. If the rioters insist on rioting then they should be arrested, charged, penalized, and have a criminal record the rest of their lives. Call it an advanced education in life.

    ‘Students’ be damned. A campus isn’t some sort of never-never land where they get to be nasty Peter Pans while they ahem, ‘study’. They are adults and should be held as responsible for their actions as a 19 year old bricklayer is for theirs.

    On a side note, I’ve observed that this protesting/rioting/being offended BS seldom if ever happens at night schools where working people are trying to improve their lot in life by furthering their education after a day in the salt mines. There may be a lesson in that.

  16. Zatara

    Oh yeah, insert ‘tried’ after ‘charged’ and before ‘penalized’ in para 4 above. Poor editing on my part.

    “We’re gonna give you a fair trial, followed by a first class hanging.” (“Silverado” 1985)

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