Boomerangs of Academic Freedom

  • 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.

Author Biography

Brian Martin
Professor of Social Sciences