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Minister rues ANU Western degree decision

A government minister has labelled as “disappointing” the Australian National University decision to dump plans to introduce a degree on ‘Western civilisation’.

ANU vice-chancellor Brian Schmidt announced on Friday he was cancelling negotiations with the Ramsay Centre, headed by former prime minister John Howard, for fears such a degree would push a narrow view of history.

“Our unis should embrace the study of the values that helped to create them and our modern society. I hope other unis resist politically correct objections & ensure this generous bequest enables study into the foundations of our society,” Education Minister Simon Birmingham tweeted on Saturday.

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