Steven Schwartz

Senior Fellow

Steven Schwartz

Expertise: Higher Education, Freedom of speech

Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM, FASSA is a Senior Fellow at the CIS. He writes mainly about education, freedom of speech and related issues. Steven has served as Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University in Sydney, Brunel University in London and Murdoch University in Perth. He recently completed his term as Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Advisory Authority (ACARA). He is also a Board member of Teach for Australia and an Honorary Fellow a the University of Melbourne.


Featured Publication

  • Have We All Gone Mad? The Snowflake Epidemic 22 November 2018 | OP168
    University campuses throughout the West are in the grip of a troubling social phenomenon, now in danger of spreading beyond the ivy walls. Once bastions of intellectual rigour and freedom of thought, universities have become closed-minded and self-censoring, pandering to…...
    University campuses throughout the West are in the grip of a troubling social phenomenon, now in danger of spreading beyond the ivy walls. Once bastions of intellectual rigour and freedom of thought, universities have become closed-minded and self-censoring, pandering to…
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Media & Commentary

  • Why stop at ending HECS-HELP for failing students? Give the universities some skin in the game 16 August 2020 | Spectator
    Some students have accumulated hundreds of thousands of dollars in student debt without obtaining a qualification. In response, the government has proposed restricting access to government-subsidised student loans. Unless there is a compelling explanation, students who fail half their first eight…
    Some students have accumulated hundreds of thousands of dollars in student debt without obtaining a qualification. In response, the government has proposed restricting access to government-subsidised student loans. Unless there is a compelling explanation, students who fail half their first eight…
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  • So just who do we think qualifies for any COVID-19 vaccine? 09 July 2020 | THE AUSTRALIAN
    How should we allocate scarce medical resources? In Rob Roy’s Grave, poet William Words­worth summarises the ancient rule governing the sharing of ­society’s scarce resources. It’s a simple plan: “They should take, who have the power. And they should keep,…
    How should we allocate scarce medical resources? In Rob Roy’s Grave, poet William Words­worth summarises the ancient rule governing the sharing of ­society’s scarce resources. It’s a simple plan: “They should take, who have the power. And they should keep,…
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  • Antibody test misconception 18 June 2020 | Ideas@theCentre
    Italian health authorities recently reported that 57% of the residents of Bergamo, a city in Lombardy, have COVID-19 antibodies in their blood. Since the body’s immune system produces antibody proteins to combat disease, health authorities concluded that more than half…
    Italian health authorities recently reported that 57% of the residents of Bergamo, a city in Lombardy, have COVID-19 antibodies in their blood. Since the body’s immune system produces antibody proteins to combat disease, health authorities concluded that more than half…
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  • Coronavirus: advice for the perplexed and bewildered 28 April 2020 | Spectator
    Are you bewitched, bothered and bewildered about how to deal with the coronavirus? Be not dismayed; you are not alone. As our leaders keep telling us, the Covid-19 pandemic is “unprecedented” (except for all previous pandemics).   To find our way…
    Are you bewitched, bothered and bewildered about how to deal with the coronavirus? Be not dismayed; you are not alone. As our leaders keep telling us, the Covid-19 pandemic is “unprecedented” (except for all previous pandemics).   To find our way…
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  • Seeking purpose in life 27 February 2020 | IDEAS@THECENTRE
    This week saw Ash Wednesday mark the first day of Lent. In churches across the country, priests admonished the faithful to “remember that thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return.” These words offer a salutary reminder of what awaits all of…
    This week saw Ash Wednesday mark the first day of Lent. In churches across the country, priests admonished the faithful to “remember that thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return.” These words offer a salutary reminder of what awaits all of…
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Publications

  • 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 the exchange of ideas? “The radical transformation that universities are…...
    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 the exchange of ideas? “The radical transformation that universities are…
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  • 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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