Inside Higher Ed
May 13th, 2015
An Australian university's decision to forgo a federally financed
research center because of its links to a controversial Danish
researcher has prompted a firestorm of criticism and accusations that
Australian academe supports “soft censorship” over academic freedom.
The University of Western Australia, in Perth, last month trumpeted the creation
of the Australian Consensus Center in its business school. The center,
in conjunction with the Copenhagen Consensus Center, was to focus on
“applying an economic lens to proposals to achieve good for Australia,
the region and the world, prioritizing those initiatives which produce
the most social value per dollar spent.” The Australian government
planned to provide $4 million Australian ($3.2 million U.S.) out of the
total $13 million Australian total cost.