Legislative Council: Wednesday, November 15, 2023


Establishment of Adelaide University

In reply to the Hon. R.A. SIMMS ().18 October 2023).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Innovation and Skills has advised:

1. The One Nation education policy was not considered as part of its negotiations with One Nation with regard to the university merger; and

2. The federal Higher Education Support Act 2003 includes a definition of academic freedom. All table A providers, including South Australia's three public universities, are subject to this legislation. Following appropriate approvals, the new Adelaide University will be a table A provider and will be subject to the Higher Education Support Act. Given the definition exists in federal legislation, the government sees no reason to include any additional requirements for free speech or academic freedom in university establishing legislation.