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Uni in freedom spat

Fremantle Herald Interactive

A MURDOCH UNIVERSITY academic has complained to her union that she was told to remove a tweet supporting refugees because it doesn’t align with the university’s “brand”.

Murdoch is strongly denying the claim, stating through an anonymous spokesperson it has a “long and proud history of academic freedom of expression”.

But the spokesperson adds the university also expects its academics to “make it clear they are posting in a personal capacity when participating on any public platform”.

On Tuesday, Dr Kate Fitch tweeted to her private Twitter account a photo of the university’s Students for Refugees group, in front of a banner saying #LetThemStay. There was no commentary in the tweet.

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She later complained to the National Tertiary Education Union she’d been ordered to remove the tweet, an order she refused to comply with. NTEU WA secretary Gabe Gooding was “frankly appalled” by the order, which had allegedly come from…

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1 thought on “Uni in freedom spat”

  1. Of course the Murdoch Marketing team were unimpressed- the Murdoch Uni logo is clearly in the background. Using the uni logo usually costs money or some sort of agreement before it is used.
    It’s a simple mistake which may have been misinterpreted. What Murdoch need to do is either stay silent on the matter or support the refugees and #letthemstay campaign.


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