29 Oct Bid to end wacky uni research
Jack Houghton — Daily Telegraph — 29 October 2018
Millions of tax dollars allocated for “wacky” research projects has prompted a call for greater government oversight in the grants process.
Former education minister Simon Birmingham was forced to step in and ban 11 projects from being funded to the tune of $4.2 million dollars last year.
Among the grants almost handed out, according to Australian Research Council briefings obtained by The Daily Telegraph, was $336,000 for University of NSW academics to study links between “socialist revolution” and cinema.
Mr Birmingham (above) also blocked $162,000 for a UNSW study into China and gender norms and $1 million from a study into Native American languages. He also canned a “Greening Media Sport” study that asked for government funds to spruik environmental issues at major sporting events Senator James Paterson said it was a worry the projects were ever backed. “This is why government needs to have oversight over (the grants) …
we cannot have academics approving grants for other academics,” he said.
This article was originally published in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.