Albanese Government’s silence fuels further capitulation at University of Sydney

Liberal Party of Australia

The Albanese government’s failure to oppose protest encampments and adopt a zero-tolerance of antisemitism at universities has fuelled further capitulation to protestors, this time at the University of Sydney.

In the wake of Education Minister Jason Clare’s silence over Melbourne University’s agreement with protestors, vice-chancellor Mark Scott has now set a very dangerous precedent.

The capitulation by the University of Sydney is a shocking decision and will only strengthen the resolve of the activists.

Not only has Mr Scott caved in to activists’ demands to review the university’s defence and security research work, he has agreed the university senate will discuss “divestment”, raising expectations it will cut all ties with Israel.

For weeks and months, Mr Scott has refused to take appropriate action against students and staff for antisemitic hate and vilification which has turned the University of Sydney into a cesspit of activism.

Rather than take disciplinary proceedings against those who established an unauthorised encampment, Mr Scott has rewarded the activists for effectively holding the university to ransom.

This agreement with protestors must not proceed. I call on the Albanese Government to intervene over this abrogation of responsibility by the university.

If Mr Scott can’t do his job and ensure the university is a safe place for everyone, he should resign.

A Coalition government will ensure that university codes of conduct are properly enforced so that every tertiary institution is a safe place to study and learn.

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