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

  • Make universities pay for picking poorly prepared students 24 January 2019 | The Australian
    Universities have drastically dropped their entry requirements for teaching degrees, resulting in a hit on the taxpayer when many students inevitably fail to graduate. Jayden (not his real name) barely squeaked through school. His Australian Tertiary Admission Rank placed him in the…
    Universities have drastically dropped their entry requirements for teaching degrees, resulting in a hit on the taxpayer when many students inevitably fail to graduate. Jayden (not his real name) barely squeaked through school. His Australian Tertiary Admission Rank placed him in the…
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  • Plenty to envy as Ramsay's millions finally find a home 18 December 2018 | The Sydney Morning Herald
    Some universities may be regretting their intransigence at hearing 150 lucky University of Wollongong students will be awarded generous scholarships to study a broad smorgasbord of seminal books, musical works, and fine art. Following an acrimonious falling-out with the Australian…
    Some universities may be regretting their intransigence at hearing 150 lucky University of Wollongong students will be awarded generous scholarships to study a broad smorgasbord of seminal books, musical works, and fine art. Following an acrimonious falling-out with the Australian…
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  • Sausage sizzle saboteurs shamed at the 2018 Nanny Awards 14 December 2018 | Spectator
    We’re facing a global paternalistic tide, and nothing is out of bounds.  France has banned free re-fills of sugary drinks, while the UK introduced a tax on them. Scotland, Scotland of all places, now has a minimum price for alcohol, and happy…
    We’re facing a global paternalistic tide, and nothing is out of bounds.  France has banned free re-fills of sugary drinks, while the UK introduced a tax on them. Scotland, Scotland of all places, now has a minimum price for alcohol, and happy…
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  • Five ways unis can advance free expression 29 September 2018 | The Australian
    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear, George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm. At a 1943 symposium, Univer­sity of Sydney professor of philosophy John Anderson spoke out against…
    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear, George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm. At a 1943 symposium, Univer­sity of Sydney professor of philosophy John Anderson spoke out against…
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  • NAPLAN under attack because it exposes the truth 29 August 2018 | The Age
    The latest skirmish in the never-ending war against NAPLAN is being fought on the grounds of “comparability”. According to American consultants commissioned by the NSW Teachers’ Federation, this year’s NAPLAN results “should be discarded” because around 20 per cent of…
    The latest skirmish in the never-ending war against NAPLAN is being fought on the grounds of “comparability”. According to American consultants commissioned by the NSW Teachers’ Federation, this year’s NAPLAN results “should be discarded” because around 20 per cent 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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