Intellectual Suppression: Australian Case Histories, Analysis and Respones



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Martin, B., Baker, C. Ann., Manwell, C. and Pugh, C. (Eds.). (1986). Intellectual Suppression: Australian Case Histories, Analysis and Respones. Sydney: Angus and Robertson.

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From the back cover: In Australia, as in other modern western democracies, the right to freedom of speech and inquiry is unquestioned. But do such freedoms exist, simply because we believe in them? This book documents case histories of intellectual suppression occurring within the Australian academic and scientific community. Suppression may involved the blocking of funds, the denial of promotion or publication, outright harassment, the subtle undermining of reputation or, in its most extreme form, dismissal. Intellectual Suppression examines the incidence of suppression in academic and scientific organisations and analyses it as a feature of wider power structures in society. Ways of opposing suppression are considered and detailed information is provided on how teaching and research are evaluated so that dissidents can challenge the official excuses often given for dismissal or blocked promotion. The editors have all had first-hand experience with suppression cases and have studied the phenomenon extensively. With their own and invited contributions, they have compiled an invaluable handbook on a little-studied aspect of the academic and scientific world that has serious implications for the rest of society.


Dr John Coulter worked for twenty years as a medical researcher at the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science (IMVS) in Adelaide, South Australia. During this time he was, in his private capacity, a leading environmentalist. He spoke out on many occasions on issues such as uranium mining and the hazards of environmental chemicals. In addition, Dr Coulter in the late 1970s headed within the IMVS a small mutagens testing unit. By testing substances for their capacity to cause mutations, a good indication of their potential for inducing cancer can be obtained.

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