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Bill on academic freedom progresses through parliament

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Legislation should be expanded to cover more staff at Australian universities, say Greens

Changes to Australia’s rules on academic freedom of speech are expected to become law after a free speech bill passed the federal House of Representatives last week.

The Higher Education Support Amendment (Freedom of Speech) Bill 2020 will amend the existing legislation to add a new definition of academic freedom. It will replace the term “free intellectual inquiry” with “freedom of speech” and “academic freedom”.

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