Aussie govt accused of interfering in university research

Australia's ruling coalition has been accused of interfering with the independence of academics after announcing a requirement that future research grants should not be approved unless they are in the "national interest".

The move has caused anger among academics, who say it will damage Australia's academic reputation and enable undue political interference in university research.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 14, 2018, with the headline 'Aussie govt accused of interfering in university research'. Print Edition | Subscribe