Murdoch uni launches legal action against lecturer

Murdoch University.
Murdoch University.

MURDOCH University has filed a cross-claim against one of its academics, who called out the institution’s students admissions process in a televised program earlier this year.

Senior Maths & Statistics lecturer Gerd Schroeder-Turk appeared in the ABC News’ Four Corners segment titled ‘Cash Cows’ in May.

During the segment, the associate professor voiced his concerns that the university has been admitting international students who did not meet the right qualifications.

Dr Schroeder-Turk took legal action under the Fair Work Act regarding action adverse to him which the university is said to have taken following the program being aired.

He claimed Murdoch University took the action because he exercised workplace rights in making certain complaints and in exercising his right to academic freedom, as said in his statement of claim.

“The applicant appeared on the program and made statements which, in broad terms, raised concerns about how Murdoch University, or Australian universities in general, dealt with international students,” a Federal court document stated.

Murdoch University has filed a cross-claim against Dr Schroeder-Turk on September 27.

There will be a mediation between both parties in Perth at the end of this month.