Garry and John are now facing dismissal from QUT over the “laughing at the disabled” PhD row.
The university is apparently preparing “serious misconduct” charges against the pair.
I understand that both sides are consulting lawyers and one colleague at QUT says that the atmosphere is poisonous in the faculty.
My friend says that the “cultural studies” group, including the supervisors of Michael Noonan’s controversial thesis, are “celebrating” the suspension of MacLennan and Hookham, while others are shocked and outraged. This in itself is an indictment of the whole sorry saga and their gleeful, some would say “playful” adoption of postmodern morals – anything goes, the sacred is profane and if you disagree – go f*ck yourself..
It really hasn’t been well-handled by the university, whatever the merits of the original dispute. Both sides claim their position is backed by factions in the disabled community and the real issues have been buried in the disciplinary procedures.
In my experience no one escapes the vice of such actions when they’re taken by powerful institutions. The whistleblowing legislation, such as it is in Queensland and Australia, does not have a proud history of protecting whistleblowers, rather it sets them up for the inglorious public hanging that Garry and John have now endured.