What is the difference between the Liberal Party and the University of Sydney?

On Sky News last night:

The federal government will look to stamp out ‘cancel culture’ at universities after libertarian groups voiced concerns about the erosion of free speech on campuses.

A number of reviews handed down to the government last year recommended a code for free speech after groups claimed there was a rising culture of silencing voices people disagreed with.

“>On Twitter this morning:

The government’s campaign to force universities to comply with so-called free-speech codes has just died in the arse. As I tried to explain to a normally smarter member of the Coalition yesterday, it is always and everywhere a mistake to give the Labor Party a moral victory.

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23 Responses to What is the difference between the Liberal Party and the University of Sydney?

  1. The BigBlueCat

    As I tried to explain to a normally smarter member of the Coalition yesterday, it is always and everywhere a mistake to give the Labor Party a moral victory.

    You got that right!

  2. Roger

    What a joke.

    The ‘quiet Australians’ didn’t vote for this.

    Nor did they vote for zero net emissions.

  3. mh

    The Coalition are like the Murdoch newspapers in Australia.

    They stay ever so slightly to the right of their opponents.

  4. stackja

    ScoMo not what was voted for?

  5. Porter

    OK so it’s a trick question isn’t it? Well the difference is that the University of Sydney VC is going to University College in London where he can advise UK police on how to monitor tweets. I mean he did such a frigging stellar job shutting down free speech on Sydney U campus he will fit right in with the neoNazi wokesters in the UK. Unfortunately, the stupid Liberals won’t emigrate with him.

  6. Archivist

    it is always and everywhere a mistake to give the Labor Party a moral victory.

    Absolutely true.

    If that quote isn’t from Shakespeare, it should be.

  7. Cassie of Sydney

    “As I tried to explain to a normally smarter member of the Coalition yesterday, it is always and everywhere a mistake to give the Labor Party a moral victory.”

    Sinc….can this be a liberty quote please?

    I actually feel totally ashamed and physically sick over what the LNP did yesterday in the senate to Bettina Arndt…siding with Keneally and Wong’s motion. Yesterday was a low day in Australia….I expected better from Amanda Stoker….but I guess they are all craven cowards.

  8. Colonel Bunty Golightly

    OK. So if someone says something the left doesn’t agree with you can strip them of an award? Perhaps take away their livelihood? Ostracise them totally from society?

  9. Wayne From Perth

    The Morrison government is turning out to be a major disappointment.

  10. Terry

    @Colonel Bunty Golightly

    “OK. So if someone says something the left doesn’t agree with you can strip them of an award? Perhaps take away their livelihood? Ostracise them totally from society?”

    Um, yeah! That’s exactly how the “game” is played. You must be new around here.

  11. Terry

    “The federal government will look to stamp out ‘cancel culture’”

    Once again these clowns miss the point entirely – they just don’t get it.

    You do not need to “stamp out” anything. You do not need to “do” anything.

    You need to UNDO the damage anti-freedom laws (like 18c, and others) have perpetrated on the Australian people.

    Stop trying to fix bad legislation with even worse legislation. Stop trying to “help” in matters you have no business being involved in – it is not why you are there. Just grab the red pen and run a great, big, fat line through it all.

  12. Iampeter

    The government’s campaign to force universities to comply with so-called free-speech codes has just died in the arse.

    Err no. A government forcing universities to comply with speech codes is the actual violation of free speech.

    The chief issue for universities is that of government involvement in education on any level, especially the massive level we have. Secondarily there are issues of law and order with regards to mobs shutting down speakers, although I’m not sure that’s a big thing in Australia, nor is it limited to universities.
    But these are not issues of free speech.

    So the problem here is much more serious than whatever random hypocrisy or gotcha is taking place.
    The problem is many claiming to protect free speech don’t understand the concept and are actually, obliviously, advocating censorship.

  13. Cassie of Sydney

    “OK. So if someone says something the left doesn’t agree with you can strip them of an award? Perhaps take away their livelihood? Ostracise them totally from society?”

    Well yes….
    Israel Folau….stripped of his livelihood
    Margaret Court…ostracised from Tennis Australia and viciously mocked and smeared by the media and social media sewers
    And now Bettina. And now the progressive left want to strip Arndt of her award and then they will hang, draw and quarter her until they do. Why? Because Arndt is an advocate of men’s rights and free speech. The left have been out to destroy her for years…and ever since she was awarded the gong last month they have been agitating…actually fuming is a better word and of course her remarks about the murders in QLD gave them ammunition..they have been waiting to pounce. Normally one might ask..so what? It is only the left at play here and this is what they do but what is really galling and why I am seething is the fact that the LNP not only appeased them…yesterday they joined forces with Labor and the Greens to censure a woman who stands up for half the population. All of this….Court, Folau and now Arndt…has happened under the guise of an LNP government.

    So yes…what the left want is for the above to be silenced and totally ostracised from all society…and soon they will come for us.

    I am very, very angry.

  14. candy

    I bet Fairfax and ABC are going over previous awards to see if some conservative type character said something controversial once so they can begin a program of stripping the awards from them.

  15. Bruce of Newcastle

    What is the difference between the Liberal Party and the University of Sydney?

    That there are a few actual conservatives remaining in the Liberal Party?

    Nearly 99% of presidential contributions from ‘Big 10’ universities go to Democrats (25 Feb)

    The political leanings at major universities clearly favor Democratic presidential hopefuls. Nearly 99% of contributions from employees at “Big 10” universities go to Democrats, according to an analysis by College Fix, a right-leaning education news site. These schools are located in critical battleground states such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.

    Seeing UniSyd is one of the top universities in Australia I suspect the political inclination of their faculty would be similar.

    (I am a UniSyd alumnus who is sad how his old uni has declined so catastrophically.)

  16. Mother Lode

    Free Speech codes?

    Let me guess – you can say anything in public that no one has a problem hearing.

    Other than that you are free to say whatever you like in your home, by yourself, with the lights off, with all the taps running, with the TV and stereo at full volume, while sitting in your wardrobe and you whisper it into a shoe box stuffed with cotton wool.

    Then one of those awful displays where politicians wander about as if propelled by brownian motion and giving each other hand shakes and kisses, as if they have done something great.

  17. Archivist

    Free Speech codes?

    Let me guess – you can say anything in public that no one has a problem hearing.

    Brilliant.
    Make it law!

  18. Sinclair Davidson

    Iampeter – I’m not buying into whether what the government wants to do is good or bad. I’m suggesting that they have cruelled their own argument.

  19. Rafe Champion

    Cry the beloved country!

  20. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    The Morrison government is turning out to be a major disappointment.

    Unlike the Yabbott and Turnbuckle governments.

  21. Iampeter

    Iampeter – I’m not buying into whether what the government wants to do is good or bad. I’m suggesting that they have cruelled their own argument.

    Yea I know.
    But I think the bigger issue is the government thinking it’s their business to impose any kind of speech codes. This is actual censorship. Not anything happening on campuses.
    And none of the so-called advocates of free speech seem to get this.
    That’s the real story.
    I think you’re “burying the lede,” as they say.

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