Ramsay Centre is fortunate to have Howard as counsel
John Howard upholds the gold standard when it comes to lawyerly detail in the art of explanation (Letters, 12/10). Rebecca Urban relays Howard’s summary of the time-line of how ANU chancellor Gareth Evans has been nicely hoist with his own petard, in the ANU’s sudden rejection of the Ramsay bequest for a humble degree in Western civilisation.
After a six-month honeymoon of sweet negotiations for lift-off next year (obligingly recorded on the ANU website) and but a week after the ANU academic union expressed concern, the course is dumped. If time lines aren’t enough evidence, there’s the irony of the stated reasons for termination: — union groups fear hypothetical Ramsay micromanagement of curriculum and staffing could impinge on academic freedom.
So many leftist humanities departments in so many universities around the world do this so well, but in an equal and opposite direction to Western civilisation.
Howard plays hard ball and the lofty ANU administration, including the lofty Gareth Evans, cop it sweet. Betty Cockman, Dongara, WA