Geoff Sharrock

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Dr Geoff Sharrock has a PhD in university leadership and management. He has worked at the University of Melbourne's Centre for the Study of Higher Education as a program leader, and at Monash University as a higher education policy adviser. In consulting work he has advised universities on internal change management, and on their policy responses to the 2019 French Review. In 2022 he ran a project on free inquiry and viewpoint diversity in Australian higher education, funded by Heterodox Academy. He is an Honorary Senior Fellow with the University of Melbourne's School of Psychological Sciences.

In his speech to the National Press Club last week, Australian National University vice-chancellor Brian Schmidt called on Australia to “enlighten up” – though not in those words. He reflected on how, with topics such as the Voice referendum, “democratic debates generate more heat than light”. Pointing to the way “media circuses”

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