Last week, cowed by a shrill vocal minority of far-left radical environmental activists, the University of Western Australia cancelled its contract with internationationally renown academic Bjørn Lomborg to establish a leading research centre to apply cost-benefit analysis to development projects .
For daring to apply evidence to public policy, Bjørn Lomborg was hounded out of our universities.
Just what have we become? And what does this say for our future?
Academic freedom is at the heart of any university. To expose students to new ideas, to teach them to think critically, to challenge accepted wisdom – this is what a university should be about. And it is this fundamental principle that is now in grave danger.
By giving in to a few shrill internet protesters, the University of Western Australia has admitted that it is a closed shop. That it is shut to ideas. That challenging the accepted left-orthodoxy is not permitted.
Is this what we want our education system to be? Run not by evidence or ideas, but by what the mob wants? How can we really have a free and fair future when all dissent is censored?
I think we are better than this. I believe in our future. I want our universities to be world-class and not run at the first sign of trouble. But that means we need to take a stand now.
This is why I desperately need you to join our campaign for academic freedom: We need to send a loud message that can not be ignored- ideological Censorship will NOT be tolerated!
And without you – this just won’t work.
The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance is running an open letter in full-page newspaper advertisements proudly supporting academic freedom. But we can’t do this without your help.
By joining our campaign, you will be publicly stating your opposition to this disgraceful attempt at academic censorship, and putting your commitment to intellectual freedom on the record.
All donors will be publicly listed on our website as signatories, and donors over $100 will be included in the print version (unless you choose otherwise)
Make no mistake: unless we take action today, this sort of censorship will happen again, and again, and again. This is why we need to draw a line in the stand now and say – enough!
The only way to stop bullies is to stand up to them – and that is what we need to do.
Printing an open-letter in a newspaper won’t be easy. This will be the biggest and costliest project we have ever done. So we really need your help.
It is vital we stand up to these thugs and I hope you will dig deep and join us in this campaign.
This is is our future generations we are talking about. It really does matter. So I hope you will be able to clear HERE to learn more, and then join me and support what is right – and what is the only way to ensure a free Australia for the future.
Please dig deep an help us ensure a free future for Australia.
Without your help- this simply won’t work. So I hope you will be able to join me, and stand up for what is right.