Western Australian Paliament
STANDING COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
DENIAL OF TENURE TO DR DAVID RINDOS -
UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The Standing Committee on Government Agencies has commenced an inquiry into the events surrounding the denial of tenure to Dr David Rindos by the University of Western Australia.
The terms of the Committee's inquiry are as follows:
To inquire into and report on --
1. The events surrounding the denial of tenure to Dr David Rindos by the University of Western Australia ("University"), and more particularly to-
(a) investigate whether the procedures adopted by the University to review and determine the tenure of Dr Rindos and his subsequent appeals were deficient and amounted to a breach of the common law rules of fairness;
(b) determine what, if any, remedies might be available to Dr Rindos or to make any appropriate recommendations for the swift and equitable resolution of the disupte between Dr Rindos and the University; and
(c) make recommendations arising out of the events surrounding the denial of tenure to Dr Rindos concerning the need to maintain the integrity, professionalism, and international standing of State Universities generally, thereby reinforcing the public confidence in the State tertiary educational system.
2. The internal management procedures of the University and the associated administrative decision-making processes, including the functions of:
(i) the Senate as the "governing authority" of the University;
(ii) the office of Vice-Chancellor in the internal administration of the University;
(iii) the Divisional and Departmental Heads in the decision-making processes of the University relative to other academic members of the Division and Department respectively; and
(iv) filing and record-keeping systems, to the extent to which the University has installed proper mechanisms to prevent unauthorised interference.
The Committee also resolved that, subject to the operation of Standing Order 324: --
"The Standing Committee shall consider application by witnesses to be heard in private session and no evidence or testimony taken in private session may be released without the consent of the committee."
All meetings held in relation to this inquiry would be held in public.
The Committee intends to report to the House by August 1996.
Interested persons are invited to make a written submission to the Committee. The submission need not be detailed: a short condensed statement citing the relevance to a particular term of reference would be sufficient. Any person wishing to meet the Committee to speak in support of his/her written submission should make that request in the submission.
All submissions should be sent to
Standing Committee on Government Agencies
PERTH WA 6000
SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON MONDAY, MAY 6 1996 MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED BY THE COMMITTEE BECAUSE OF TIME RESTRAINTS.
Hon Barry House MLC