Academics criticise ‘harassment’ of university whistleblower
The Australian university is suing Associate Professor Gerd Schröder-Turk for criticising its treatment of international students during an episode of the ABC’s Four Corners programme. Schröder-Turk alleges the university retaliated against him within days of the programme airing, and he is now attempting to engage Western Australia’s whistleblower protections.
But the university has launched a cross-claim in the federal court alleging Schröder-Turk’s comments damaged its revenue and international student enrolments. It is reportedly suing him for millions in damages. The university’s actions have prompted withering criticism from a group of 23 academics in Australia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, Switzerland and the United States.
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