Research watchdog lacks bite

Research watchdog lacks bite | Guy Healy | The Australian Higher Education | 14 April , 2010

THE Rudd government’s new research watchdog would not prevent paralysing controversies such as the Bruce Hall affair, researcher David Vaux has warned. As evidence emerged yesterday that the new system would conflict with the industrial obligations of universities, Professor Vaux, a National Health and Medical Research Council fellow, said it was also shaping up as a toothless tiger. “It’s a good step in right direction, but it’s a very tiny step,” Professor Vaux said. “The panel is so hamstrung it can’t investigate the merits of the case, it can only look at process.

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