It's time to tally the culture war casualty count

Robert Phiddian

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A few weeks ago, researchers around the nation, especially those in the humanities, arts and social science (HASS) disciplines, were anxiously juggling Red and Blue versions of their application summaries.

The Australian Research Council’s Discovery grants were due for submission by May 17. Much depended on who they thought (or feared) might win the federal election, and they all felt the need to take insurance in ambiguity. As one of my more resilient friends wrote, “I thought it was definitely Stuart Robert-ready, with a dash of Tudginess, just in case.”

People were right to be worried, given the former acting education minister’s Christmas Eve decision in 2021 to disallow six projects which had made their way through the extremely rigorous selection process...
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Specialist publicationThe Australian
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2022


  • academia
  • culture wars
  • Australian universities
  • research


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