Academic and Intellectual Freedom
Intellectual and academic freedom of inquiry is central to the mission of all Australian universities and is internationally acknowledged as an essential and defining characteristic of university education.
Universities have an important role in ensuring that freedom of inquiry and freedom of speech are central to the mission of each institution. It underpins the creation and dissemination of new knowledge in open and transparent ways and assures that such activities are in the public interest.
This freedom is defined in terms of the rights of academics to undertake certain activities, connected to their roles as teaching and research staff, without undue hindrance or fear of reprisal. It also includes the right to pursue topics and areas of research without interference or pressure by institutions and/or government.
NTEU is a long-standing advocate for intellectual freedom of inquiry in Australia. NTEU believes that institutional autonomy and intellectual freedom must be protected in legislation.
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…… does the Treasurer think ...