academics call for lord monckton ban at uni

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    Academics call for Lord Monckton ban at uni

    From: AAP
    June 30, 201111:57AM


    MORE than 50 Australian academics have signed a letter urging Western Australia's Notre Dame University to cancel a speech by British climate change sceptic Lord Christopher Monckton.

    He is due to deliver the Lang Hancock Lecture at the university in Fremantle tonight, an event named for the late mining magnate and sponsored by his daughter Gina Rinehart.

    But a letter signed by more than 50 academics has called on the university to bar the controversial speaker, saying "he stands for the kind of ignorance and superstition that universities have a duty to counter".

    The letter, organised by University of Western Australia postgraduate student Natalie Latter, accuses Lord Monckton of spreading "widely discredited fictions about climate change".

    Lord Monckton was this week forced to apologise to the federal government's chief climate change adviser Ross Garnaut for comparing him to a Nazi during a recent speech.

    Ms Latter said she had no objection to Lord Monckton having an opinion about climate change but she objected to a university providing a platform for those views.

    She told ABC Radio today that he had consistently misrepresented the work of climate scientists and in doing so had undermined academic integrity.

    "So for a university to lend their academic credibility to such a figure effectively betrays the whole academic community.

    "Do it in a town hall or a venue which doesn't come with academic credibility."

    Notre Dame business school dean Chris Doepel said the university was happy to host Lord Monckton because it wished to provide a forum where "rigorous discussion of contentious public issues can take place".

    He told ABC Radio that the university acknowledged that Lord Monckton's views on climate change were widely contested and he expected a vigorous question time at the end of his speech.

    "The university does not take a view one way or the other on the positions advocated by Christopher Monckton," Professor Doepel said.

    He said Ms Rinehart was meeting the direct costs of hosting the Lang Hancock Lecture, in which speakers presented points of view that essentially promoted free enterprise.

    AAP


    The Australian article HERE

 
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