Australian Research Council Amendment APU response

Bellow are “General Observations”, but read the whole document please:

General Observations

While we accept our final point takes us beyond the scope of the Bill, we nevertheless feel it important also to raise the broader point that a research culture of excellence in Australia is also at risk because Australia’s universities are themselves also increasingly not governed by people with high-level academic expertise, and are increasingly not free and open places in which to work. Reform of the ARC as outlined by this Bill will not be enough to secure a
national culture of research excellence into the future if the institutional environments themselves remain overly constrained or corrupted by forces external to, if not downright hostile to, scholarly values.

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