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The head of the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra says there has been an attempt to silence academics who are making critical comments about issues of public importance.
Vice-chancellor Professor Ian Chubb says ANU researchers were labelled as "anti-American" after they released a study of Australia's free trade agreement with the US, which revealed adverse results.
Professor Chubb says he received several calls suggesting the university would be unwise to promote the research.
"You have to be a particular sort of person to put your head up over the parapet when it gets knocked every time, and labels are put on you that you are uncomfortable with," Professor Chubb said.
"It's dangerous and I think it's pathetic."
"These scientists have been gagged for talking about one of the most important issues facing the world, and that is climate change," Ms Macklin told reporters.
"We want to make sure that our scientists can speak freely, can make sure that our politicians, our government departments and the public really do understand the critical importance of the science of climate change, and we cannot afford to have these scientists gagged.
As AWB announced its latest disaster, the Government put a gag on public servants revealing "who, what, when and where" in relation to the AWB scandal during the Cole inquiry.
Originally posted by wang
I wouldnt say we are becomming 'Communist' as Howards is the total opposite to a socialist. What i think you are meaning is that it is like it is 'State Controlled Press'.