||Issue No. 286||21 October 2005|
Lord of the Lobster Legs
Interview: Under Fire
Politics: And the Winners Are ...
Economics: The Common Wealth
History: Walking for Justice
International: Deja Vu
Legal: The Rights Stuff
Review: That Cinderella Fella
Poetry: Is Howard Kidding?
The Locker Room
Thus Spake Sydney Uni
Vote 1 Dictator
Buying peace Of Mind
Rev Kev Speaks
Bolt Strikes Lecturer
RMIT lecturer Dr Robert Austin, who was criticised in an article by Bolt for his stance against voluntary unionism in August, is fighting to save his position with the university.
Victorian secretary of the National Tertiary Education Union, Mathew McGowan, says that while no clear reason for Austin's potential dismissal has been offered by the RMIT, questions over his future with the university were raised after the article was published.
"He has certainly had the Andrew Bolt article waived in front of him by management," says McGowan.
A RMIT spokeswoman says the university is unable to comment on individual cases.
Austin's decision to reschedule his classes to allow student to attend the Students National Day of Action Against Voluntary Unionism on August 10 was described as "bullying" in Bolt's article.
"If the University is moving to sack Austin because of an Andrew Bolt article it indicates an extraordinary crisis in Australian tertiary education," says McGowan.
He also says Austin's treatment has been far harsher than Sydney based academic Associate Professor Andrew Fraser, whose support for the reintroduction of the White Australia policy just before the student protests, while causing him to be banned from teaching students at Macquarie University, has not meant the loss of his job.
"It is an interesting parallel that someone can maintain their employment relationship under [Fraser's] circumstances while someone mentioned in an Andrew Bolt article faces the termination of their employment," says
In July Fraser claimed that "an expanding black population is a sure-fire recipe for increases in crime, violence and a wide range of other social problems" in a letter to a Sydney newspaper. He also wrote that Chinese immigration directly threatened "social, political and economic interests of ordinary Australians and their children" in an email to a Woollahra councillor, David Shoebridge.
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