Rather than face the challenges of new ideas and dissent, Melbourne University has decided that one of the ways to keep the dull old place ticking over is to empower itself to exclude “outside agitators”.
We are asking that the university experience cease being one of passive knowledge gaining and that staff and students can be creative and responsible for decided what should be learnt and how it will be learnt, free from the present stultifying nature of this university.
It is ironic that, after the decades of building a structure by which university knowledge could be directed to support the nation, the character of that knowledge changed. It changed in a way gave it a new construction: instead of national, truthful, civil and purposeful, knowledge could be subversive, individual, creative and contingent. Through these characteristics, claimed students and non-professorial staff, new kinds of knowledge would be enabled. The key obstacle was that group charged with the job of defending the old kind: the god-professors.