Steven Schwartz

Senior Fellow

Steven Schwartz

Expertise: Higher Education, Freedom of speech

Professor Steven Schwartz is a Senior Fellow at the CIS. He will be writing about higher education, freedom of speech and other issues. Steven has just completed his term as the Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University. He has also served as Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University in London and of Murdoch University in Perth.


Featured Publication

  • What’s happened to the University? 05 February 2018 | OP163
    Trigger warnings, cultural appropriation and safe spaces. Who decided to bestow guardian status to Australian universities? And why should we let this proliferation of politically correct ideals become the norm, prescribing, censoring or outright banning texts, gagging speech and curbing…...
    Trigger warnings, cultural appropriation and safe spaces. Who decided to bestow guardian status to Australian universities? And why should we let this proliferation of politically correct ideals become the norm, prescribing, censoring or outright banning texts, gagging speech and curbing…
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Media & Commentary

  • Western civilisation and its discontents 28 June 2018 | Times Higher Education
    The age-old dispute over Western civilisation courses has bubbled up again in Australia. It could do more harm than good to cash-strapped humanities courses, writes Steven Schwartz What’s in a name? Among the reasons offered by the leaders of the Australian National…
    The age-old dispute over Western civilisation courses has bubbled up again in Australia. It could do more harm than good to cash-strapped humanities courses, writes Steven Schwartz What’s in a name? Among the reasons offered by the leaders of the Australian National…
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  • The NAPLAN nervous ninnies 08 March 2018 | THE SPECTATOR: FLAT WHITE
    NAPLAN results are out and high gain schools are receiving their just recognition. Yet, critics are calling for a review of NAPLAN because results have not improved as much as we would like. Criticising NAPLAN for poor literacy and numeracy…
    NAPLAN results are out and high gain schools are receiving their just recognition. Yet, critics are calling for a review of NAPLAN because results have not improved as much as we would like. Criticising NAPLAN for poor literacy and numeracy…
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  • Australia needs a Poet Laureate 28 February 2018 | Quadrant
    Oxford-educated and possessed of considerable charm, Michael Massey Robinson was a rogue and a scoundrel. Convicted of extortion in London, he was sentenced to death in 1796. Luckily for him, convicts with his education were desperately needed in Britain’s antipodean…
    Oxford-educated and possessed of considerable charm, Michael Massey Robinson was a rogue and a scoundrel. Convicted of extortion in London, he was sentenced to death in 1796. Luckily for him, convicts with his education were desperately needed in Britain’s antipodean…
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  • When Will They Ever Learn? 15 February 2018 | THE SPECTATOR
    One January morning in 1800, a mysterious being emerged from the woods near Aveyron in France. The size of a twelve-year-old boy, dressed only in a torn shirt, this strange creature was unbothered by the winter cold and oblivious to…
    One January morning in 1800, a mysterious being emerged from the woods near Aveyron in France. The size of a twelve-year-old boy, dressed only in a torn shirt, this strange creature was unbothered by the winter cold and oblivious to…
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  • The War Against NAPLAN 06 February 2018 | Daily Telegraph
    The Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU) has declared war on the National Assessment Program known as NAPLAN. Their members will not cooperate with the forthcoming trial of NAPLAN online and their ultimate goal is to “cease” NAPLAN testing entirely. NAPLAN is…
    The Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU) has declared war on the National Assessment Program known as NAPLAN. Their members will not cooperate with the forthcoming trial of NAPLAN online and their ultimate goal is to “cease” NAPLAN testing entirely. NAPLAN is…
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Publications

  • Budget 2014-15: Fiscal responsibility or savage cuts? 16 May 2014 | SP13
    The CIS analyses the Abbott government’s crucial first budget, including significant changes in the key policy areas of health, tax measures, welfare and education.        
    The CIS analyses the Abbott government’s crucial first budget, including significant changes in the key policy areas of health, tax measures, welfare and education.        
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