Topic: local news
We have reason to take an interest beyond normal good governance of scarce open space. Our younger sister is a graduate of the art school at Rozelle there in the historic buildings. But also our recent experience of oppressive exclusion from a public event while working on community media has put us on notice of the heavy handed administration of Sydney University, that is, the private corporate culture intruding on an essentially public institution:
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 8:14 AMSubject: 28 days notice to cancel termination on undertakingWithout prejudiceReply address: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxProfessor Jeremy, USYDCC Richard Fisher, general counsel USYDMichael Conaty, NSW Ombudsman, investigating officerBy email18th December 2007Dear ProfessorBreach of norms of free press community media on campus at student education rally 2nd May 2007 - 28 days notice to cancel termination of license upon undertaking hereI refer to previous correspondence in particular of 3rd December 2007:9. Having said that, I accept that you are most likely offering in good faith "to withdraw this Notice on receipt of a written undertaking from you to comply with the reasonable inquiries and directions of the University's authorised officers in future". I do so undertake with this email correspondence and without prejudice as to what has occurred on 2nd May 07. On that we do disagree. [bold added]Late last week I discussed the ongoing termination of licence for a good 7 months now with Michael Conaty, investigator at the NSW Ombudsman's office.
Without seeking to verbal Conaty, my understanding is that he suggests (and I agree) that I should write to you separately here repeating the above written undertaking regardless of any other outstanding issues which could take quite a while to resolve.
My understanding is that he suggests a deadline for your answer should be 28 days. I said I thought it should be much less given the 7 months delay already. However I accept his advice and his view that my previous letter of 3rd December may well be held up in the USYD legal office for other entangled concerns. I note his advice that failing action by you within 28 days that the NSW Ombudsman office 'can always revive the matter'. We take that on board and feel you should be aware of this too notwithstanding his previous willingness to close the matter.
I think you may want to also consider that we maintain a file on the USYD property interest in Callan Park as a future campus as reported in The Glebe and Inner West Courier recently, and feel the attempted May 2nd 07 exclusion of community media at a public event is a serious aspect of the planned expropriation of that public park land. I am intending to write to Hal Greenland and Friends of Callan Park, Green Party etc about what we say is this previous oppressive aspect USYD management culture. As an essentially public institution we say USYD should always be subject to community media reportage in a healthy democracy including in principle at places like a future Callan Park campus, if that eventuates. We feel there is a public interest right to know about such a change to public access regime in a traditional open access area.
Please let me know within 28 days of this letter that you have cancelled the termination of licence to attend the USYD campus, failing which I can pursue the termination again with the NSW Ombudsman's office.
Please feel free to contact the writer by tel. 0410 558838, 9558 9551 and note new reply address above xxxxxxxxx.Yours trulyTom McLoughlin, solicitor in NSW, editor www.sydneyalternativemedia.com
Picture: This image taken in 2007 outside the popular Manning Building with various student services. Is this the repressive officious tone appropriate to Callan Park in the future, let alone Sydney University?