Statement on Woroni forum on Rationality and Terror

20 October 2014

The Australian National University supports the decision of its academics to withdraw from a Woroni forum on Rationality and Terror.

The addition of a representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir on the panel, without prior notice to the academics, changed the nature of the event from an open academic discussion into a political discussion about the actions of ISIS.

Concern about change to the panel composition was raised with the University by members of academic staff, who noted that the event was neither as advertised nor was any longer a forum in which reasoned and academic consideration can be given to the issues it purports to discuss.