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Thursday 28th August 1997
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We have already revealed how the status of university's image of supporting freedom of speech has been severely damaged by the backward decision by the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba... well now wait for it, the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is offering an adjunct professorship to a senior member of an accounting firm in exchange for Au$20,000 a year.

The copy of the proposal to the firm was obtained by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Life Matters program and will be reported on this morning.

An adjunct professor is normally a honorary or semi-honorary position that a university confers on a person who they think has skills which will benefit the university. The university normally pays the person - not the other way around..

The proposal was put to the accounting firm by Professor Best who is the Dean of Business and the Acting Dean of Law and the Acting Head of the Accountancy School.

The proposal says the firm can, "nominate a series of senior staff to undertake the adjunct professorship over an individual semester or year".

The person would undertake a number of duties including guest lecturing and the firm would gain "considerable recognition from its competitors and industry by having its staff undertake the adjunct professorship". To support the project the firm would contribute a Au$20,000 goodwill each year...

Professor Best, when questioned about the proposal said, "It was an opportunity purely to gain some market value from an association with such a prestigious organisation".

The vice-chancellor responsible for this QUT department said that the proposal had no official standing unless the QUT council approved it.

Making the news.


The gap between the Coalition State Premiers and Prime Minister John Howard is widening to a chasm at the moment with three, in particular, taking great exception to the way in which Howard is handling the country.

The three premiers, Rob Borbidge of Queensland, Jeff Kennett of Victoria and Richard Court of Western Australia have all gone on the attack saying that they will put their states before the whims of the Prime Minister.

In a further development the senior adviser of Queensland's National Party, Frank Jackson, took the unusual step of writing direct to Laurie Oakes the political writer of THE BULLETIN magazine.

Here is part of what he had to say:

First a couple of wagers if you'd like to take them up: A magnum of Bollinger on Borbidge winning the next state election and another on the Federal Coalition losing seats in Queensland at their next election. Let me know if you'd like to be in it.

Secondly, some observations on a few points you make, based on another mischievous and dishonest briefing which we strongly suspect came from the Prime Minister's office.

The reference to the federal Coalition's own polling showing that they are not doing well in Queensland is dead right, but the problem is not Borbidge's alleged: "stupidity and incompetence".

You can get a drift of what the letter is all about.... going on a bout native title and Wik, the new policy on semi-automatic guns and the drought.

email the editor

You say:

Subject: More ammunition

Here is an article from the "South China Morning Post" of the 26th August 1997. You may like to add that it is the vindictive local press who are damaging our reputation.

Jon Kehrer
Canberra ACT Australia


More fly down under in spite of Hanson

The number of Hong Kong visitors to Australia has risen almost two per cent to just under 155,000 despite anti-Asian remarks by MP Pauline Hanson, visiting head of the Australian Tourist Commission John Morse said.

However, Mr Morse, who made his comments in a speech, added: "She's damaging Australia's reputation."

Subject: Comments on Australian News of the Day

Dear Editor,

I think the writer would do well to compare the criminals arriving then to the ones arriving now. A person could be transported for a range of offences, ranging from the theft of a loaf of bread up to murder. None of these people were to anyone's knowledge, part of any major organised crime syndicate.

The modern criminal arriving from Asia in particular is likely to have links, direct or indirect, to an organised gang. The extreme case being the Triads.

The modern criminal is likely to be involved directly or indirectly with drugs. Whether they are selling them or stealing/robbing or standing over shopkeepers to finance the habit they have.

The heroin problem at the moment is due, in part, to a battle between Triads for market share. The triads are a very tight knit and therefore extremely hard to penetrate or infiltrate. The average shopkeeper, while being stood over is still too scared of the gangs to talk to police. The formation of Asian crime squads is a sign that the police are trying to crack these rings, but not succeeding.

So I think you should compare 'apples with apples' before you try to make any further comparisons.

Paul Jones

Subject: hacker's "Victoria on the take"

Dear Sir,

The state of Victoria web page is a classic. I know several more states to which the remarks would apply.

john hamilton

Personal trivia, from the global office:

Another beautiful but cold day in paradise.

Have a good one.

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