Research Scholars – The Centre for Independent Studies

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

  • Last tango in Melbourne 26 February 2021 | IDEAS@THECENTRE
    As Covid-19 trudges through endless revisions of rules and regulations, Australia’s response to the virus is beginning to resemble the blackest of farces. State premiers, untethered from parliamentary democracy, are free to issue decrees based on their impenetrable divinations. In…
    As Covid-19 trudges through endless revisions of rules and regulations, Australia’s response to the virus is beginning to resemble the blackest of farces. State premiers, untethered from parliamentary democracy, are free to issue decrees based on their impenetrable divinations. In…
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  • No dancing past the fact we’ll have to live with Covid 22 February 2021 | The Australian
    As COVID-19 trudges through endless revisions of rules and regulations, Australia’s response to the virus is beginning to resemble the blackest of farces. State premiers, untethered from parliamentary democracy, are free to issue decrees based on their impenetrable divinations. In…
    As COVID-19 trudges through endless revisions of rules and regulations, Australia’s response to the virus is beginning to resemble the blackest of farces. State premiers, untethered from parliamentary democracy, are free to issue decrees based on their impenetrable divinations. In…
    read more
  • Using political logic, quarantines, border closures and lockdowns may never end 09 February 2021 | Spectator
    The recent knee-jerk lockdown has sparked more discussion about the ‘value’ of a human life. Yes, it may sound callous to put a price on life; yet we do it all the time.   Consider road speed limits, for example. According to the RAC, Western Australia has the worst…
    The recent knee-jerk lockdown has sparked more discussion about the ‘value’ of a human life. Yes, it may sound callous to put a price on life; yet we do it all the time.   Consider road speed limits, for example. According to the RAC, Western Australia has the worst…
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  • Make no mistake, our society needs vaccine urgently 07 January 2021 | The Australian
    Where is Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine? Britain, Bahrain, the US, Denmark, Russia, Germany, Canada, China, Italy, Estonia, Croatia, Spain, Argentina, Mexico and France have all started vaccinating healthcare workers, the elderly and other high-risk people. Israel intends to have its whole…
    Where is Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine? Britain, Bahrain, the US, Denmark, Russia, Germany, Canada, China, Italy, Estonia, Croatia, Spain, Argentina, Mexico and France have all started vaccinating healthcare workers, the elderly and other high-risk people. Israel intends to have its whole…
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  • 2020 Nanny State awards 11 December 2020 | Ideas@theCentre
    It’s never been difficult to find worthy contenders for the highly coveted Nanny State awards. But this year took nanny-stating to ludicrous levels The Centre for Independent Studies created the Nannies — as we like to call them — to…
    It’s never been difficult to find worthy contenders for the highly coveted Nanny State awards. But this year took nanny-stating to ludicrous levels The Centre for Independent Studies created the Nannies — as we like to call them — to…
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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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