Ram­say Cen­tre is for­tu­nate to have Howard as coun­sel

The Weekend Australian - - COMMENTARY -

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

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