Global Survey of Academic Freedom Issues in 2015 [Post 8 of a Series]

ACADEME BLOG


Australia—Federal Funding for the Copenhagen Consensus Centre at Flinders University

 In October, Simon Birmingham, the education minister in the new government of Malcolm Turnbull, announced that it would uphold the decision by Christopher Pyne, the education minister under former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, to withdraw “funding offered to Bjørn Lomborg for the creation of the Australia Consensus centre in any university” (Medhora). The funding would have amounted to $4 million.

Not surprisingly, a spokesperson for Lomborg’s Copenhagen Consensus Centre expressed regret at the decision: “’It is disappointing that a significant global research effort attracting top economists to look at development priorities will no longer be associated with Australia. Those who used the announcement of Australia Consensus as a political football had no interest in our record of ten years’ work on development issues, or our work with hundreds of world-class economists and Nobel laureates. Australia could have played a…

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