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Strike threat over limits on research
Melbourne University academics are preparing for industrial action over concerns that academic freedom could be limited under a new agreement. Academics fear that the university is seeking the power to make them redundant if their research fails to match their department's ''research direction'', writes Benjamin Preiss for The Age.

The university has rejected the criticism, but academics said the demand from the university, raised in negotiations over the new agreement, could restrict their ability to pursue innovative research. Provost Margaret Sheil said the clause was a ''suggestion'' made in discussions with the National Tertiary Education Union. It was designed for extreme situations such as the unlikely closure of academic departments. ''We're a long way from even implementing this clause if it were to proceed,'' she said.
Full report on The Age site
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