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Robert Menzies established a ‘buffer body’ between government and universities. Shutterstock

Don’t just blame the Libs for treating universities harshly. Labor’s 1980s policies ushered in government interference

Liberal Prime Minister Robert Menzies insisted universities should have protection from political interference. But Bob Hawke’s education minister John Dawkins dismantled these protections.
Bob Hawke at an event in Sydney to celebrate his 88th birthday in 2017. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Hawke was our larrikin, but also our reformer

Most of all, Hawke will be remembered as a reformer — presiding over a set of economic reforms that modernised the Australian economy.

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