The report recommends universities consider a voluntary model code on free speech but argues that increased government regulation is not the answer.
“The French review finds no evidence of a free speech crisis on Australian campuses.”
Earlier this year, and again last October, the Vice-Chancellors of all 39 of Universities Australia’s member universities affirmed their commitment to the founding ideals of our university communities — academic freedom and freedom of expression.
Universities thanked Mr French for his comprehensive and detailed report, Ms Jackson said.
“Universities will give careful consideration to the recommendations in the 300-page report.”
“However, we remain concerned that sector-wide legislative or regulatory requirements would be aimed at solving a problem that has not been demonstrated to exist and any changes could conflict with fundamental principles of university autonomy.”