Boomerangs of Academic Freedom

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Brian Martin


The Ted Steele case is an important episode in the defense of academic freedom inĀ Australia. In addition, it offers a wealth of evidence on how a dismissal, perceived as an attack on academic freedom and free speech, can boomerang on the administration. Yet the matter is more complex than a simple boomerang: the actions of dissidents and unions can also boomerang. In this paper, I examine academic boomerang dynamics through a close analysis of the Steele case.

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Brian Martin

Professor of Social Sciences